I have an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee today about the mindless insipidity -- or is it the insipid mindlessness? -- of school zero-tolerance policies. It's sort of a saner, soberer, shorter version of the series of posts I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Matthew Whalen case in upstate New York, with a California twist.
Coincidentally, the Lansingburgh, NY, Board of Education is scheduled to hand down its decision as early as today on whether to repeal Whalen's suspension and expunge his record. I hope the board does the right thing, for the reasons I lay out in the piece.