Broward County’s School Leniency Program Part of Larger Obama-Era Plan to Force School ‘Equity’

Broward County’s School Leniency Program Part of Larger Obama-Era Plan to Force School ‘Equity’
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by Dr. Susan Berry 20 Mar 2018
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The Broward County, Florida, school leniency program that was likely the inspiration for the Obama administration’s plan to shrink the “school to prison pipeline” is part of a larger Obama-era plan to force school “equity.”
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Nikolas Cruz, who could face the death penalty for the alleged murder of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was never arrested for prior reported violent acts and threats of violence . . .
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. . . The programs to keep minority students out of the justice system were part of the Obama administration’s 2011 Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the aim of which was “to coordinate federal actions to provide schools with effective alternatives to exclusionary discipline while encouraging a new emphasis on reducing disproportionality for students of color and students with disabilities.”
Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle, co-authors with Emmett McGroarty of Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, write at Truth in American Education the Obama-era Department of Justice awarded $840,000 to the Council of State Governments to start up the School Discipline Consensus Project. . . .
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. . . Despite the facts that American students are failing in academics and the achievement gap has widened following years of the progressive reform known as the Common Core State Standards, public schools have become fixated on social and emotional learning, and “restorative” counseling and “healing circles” have become primary “supportive school discipline” methods. . . .
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. . . . It is now well-documented that law enforcement in Broward County did not act on reports of accused Parkland shooter Cruz’s prior violence and threats. Additionally, as the Associated Press observes, documents reveal the concerns of school officials about Cruz’s mental status were so severe that it was recommended he be “forcibly committed.”
“A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally,” AP reports . . . .

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Also (even Deputy Scot Peterson TRIED to get Nikolas Cruz help but was stonewalled) . . . .

The documents show a high school resource officer who was also a sheriff’s deputy and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be committed for mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days. . . .
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. . . Coincidentally, the school resource officer who recommended that Cruz be “Baker Acted” was Scot Peterson — the same Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who resigned amid accusations he failed to respond to the shooting by staying outside the building where the killings occurred. . . . . .

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