18 May 2015

AG Lynch – Let’s Make Schools More Lawless

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is rapidly proving to be Eric Holder 2.0 (Thank you – “Twitchy Mitchy” McConnell and your merry band of RINOs!).  First, she plans to stick her nose into Baltimore’s police operations to sniff out racism (never mind that 3 of the 6 cops charged in Freddie Gray incident are African-American).

Now, she plans to investigate schools that have zero tolerance polices for violent and dangerous behavior.  Those policies, she argues, are just not fair to minorities, LBGTs, and illegal aliens.
CNS News reports:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed on Tuesday to continue the Obama administration’s push for public schools to abandon their “zero tolerance” discipline policy, because critics claim it is aimed disproportionately at minority students and other “at risk” youth, including migrants and LGBT students.

“We are working with our partners in the private sector, and of course, the federal government, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, to end the school to prison pipeline that sends too many children on the well-worn path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse,” Lynch said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va.
“And we are standing up and speaking out against so-called zero tolerance school discipline policies that bar the doors of opportunity for children who need support, leaving them stigmatized and marginalized, left out and left alone,” Lynch said.
This policy is a liberals’ dream – no accountability for behavior for certain “types” of students.  Sounds like Education Secretary – Arne Duncan’s – recent remarks that Chicago gang members just need to have jobs in order to stop their violence and crime.
CNS News explains further:
In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued a 37-page report explaining the administration’s opposition to “zero tolerance” policies in public schools, titled “Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline.”
The report reads, in part:
“Schools should consider crafting goals covering the school’s provision of supports for all students, including students of color, students with disabilities, and students who may be at risk for dropping out of school, trauma, social exclusion, or behavior incidents,” the report states.
“Those with such risks include, but are not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students; homeless and unaccompanied students; corrections-involved students; students in foster care; pregnant and parenting students; migrant students; English language learners; and others,” it states.

“For example, specific goals may include reducing the total numbers of suspensions and expulsions, reducing the number of law enforcement referrals from the school, identifying and connecting at-risk youths to tailored supports, or increasing the availability of quality mental health supports available for students,” the report states.
Ok, let’s just call all these students “purple penguins” and allow them to destroy anything they want and assault anyone they want (except teachers, of course, because the union wouldn’t tolerate it from anyone).  That policy will make schools so much better, won’t it?
And what are the actions for which schools have enacted zero tolerance policies?  CNS News provides the list:
A 2001 report by the National Association of School Psychologists showed what percentage of U.S. public school had zero tolerance for “serious offenses” as follows:
  • firearms (94%)
  • weapons other than firearms (91%)
  • alcohol (87%)
  • drugs (88%)
  • violence (79%)
  • tobacco (79%)


Which schools are to be part of this new “tolerance” program?  Only some of the already worst performing, most violence-prone schools in the nation as CNS News reveals:
The summit is a federal government initiative — now in its fourth year — that includes giving grant funding to U.S. cities to develop programs to prevent youth violence. To date, 15 cities have been selected for the grants (amounts of the grants were not disclosed), including Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Camden, N.J.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Long Beach, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Salinas, Calif.; San Jose, Calif. and Seattle, Wash.

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