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South Florida School Leaders Join White House Discipline Summit

Broward County schools superintendent Robert Runcie shared lessons learned at a White House summit on student discipline.

South Florida school leaders traveled to Washington Wednesday to share ideas on how to reduce on-campus arrests and suspensions. Superintendents from Broward County and Miami-Dade County shared how their districts dealt with the problem at a summit hosted by the White House. Research shows that students who are suspended before 9th grade are less likely [...]

How School Zero Tolerance Rules Turn Bad Behavior Into A Crime

Ernest Saunders with his son Malcolm Calvert, 17, who was arrested for battery when he hit his friend with a lollipop.

Malcolm Calvert was in 7th grade when he got into an argument with his 6th grade friend on a school bus and hit him with a Tootsie Pop. 

“I hit him with it on his head,” recalls Malcolm, who was a student at Lanier James Alternative School in Hallandale Beach, Fla., when the Tootsie Pop incident happened in 2011. “They handcuffed me and took me off the school bus.”

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