The Commission on Civil Rights did a briefing and a report on the Department of Education’s discipline policy a couple of years ago. This article in the NYPost makes mention of some of the testimony we heard. My conclusions were in keeping with the headline from the NYPost article–“Liberal Discipline Policies are Making Schools Less Safe.” I would add that the effects are especially bad for minority students who are trying to learn amid the classroom disorder. Maintaining order in a classroom full of children or teenagers is never easy. But the Department of Education’s insistence that efforts to do so are racist just makes the job harder.