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Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline

March 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The University of South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History & Research is sponsoring a talk and book signing with author and USC law school professor Derek Black. His book, Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline, answers the calls of grassroots communities pressing for integration and increased education funding with a complete rethinking of school discipline. Black, a former attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, weaves stories about individual students, lessons from social science, and the outcomes of courts cases to unearth a shockingly irrational system of punishment. While schools and legislatures have proven unable and unwilling to amend their failing policies, Ending Zero Tolerance argues for constitutional protections to check abuses in school discipline and lays out theories by which courts should re-engage to enforce students’ rights and support broader reforms.


March 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


First Cavalry Baptist Church
1401 Pine Street
Columbia, SC United States
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