Broward County (Fla.) district embraces new discipline policy

Nov. 7, 2013
Program known as "Promise" will emphasize counseling and mentoring instead of arrests.

The Broward County (Fla.) School Board has signed off on a plan that seeks to dramatically alter how schools handle student discipline. The Miami Herald says students no longer will be arrested for non-violent misdemeanor offenses that occur on school grounds — instead, they will receive counseling and mentoring services. The goal is to give misbehaving students a second chance and spare them the stigma that comes with a criminal record. The Broward district has been criticized in the past for arresting students for minor infractions that aren’t even criminal in nature.

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