TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A study shows most Florida school districts still have harsh zero tolerance policies despite a 2009 law urging them to be more tolerant.
The study was released Wednesday by the Florida chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The law says children should no longer be arrested for minor violations such as petty theft, throwing erasers or drawing pictures of guns.
The study, though, shows half of all districts had as many or more referrals to juvenile authorities as before the law and that 67 percent of those were for misdemeanors.
Racial disparities also have gotten worse and most districts still allow expulsion or arrest for minor infractions.