Justice to Schools: Abandon Overly Zealous Discipline

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday issued new guidelines encouraging the nation's schools to abandon “overly zealous discipline policies” that send students to court instead of the principal's office, the Times Free Press reports. Attorney General Eric Holder said problems often stem from well-intentioned policies that can inject the criminal justice system into school matters. He also said the department, in studying the issues, found that racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem. The Commercial Appeal looks at how the guidelines have been received by Memphis educators.