A message from the Executive Director, 2015 Annual Report.
Back in 2002, punishment was the big trend in education. But it went by other names, like “zero tolerance” and “No Child Left Behind.” NCLB ushered in a brutal new testing regime that was supposed to “hold schools accountable” for student academic success and close the “achievement gap” – yet failed to create the conditions that would make that possible. “Zero tolerance” was supposed to be the answer to school discipline. It led to soaring suspensions and a growing police presence in the schools.