School Discipline in New Haven: Law, Norms, and Beating the Game
Journal of Law and Education, October 2010
37 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2010 Last revised: 17 Sep 2012
Date Written: April 8, 2010
Through a case-study of the New Haven Public School System, this Article examines the relationship between formal law and local school discipline policies. By investigating two key areas governed by state law - zero tolerance and suspension policy - it illustrates that, while formal law has agenda-setting and accountability roles, social norms within schools play a far more important role than law in the governance of school discipline.
Keywords: Education Law, School Discipline, Zero Tolerance, School Suspension, Law and Norms
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