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After Parkland Shooting, Sen. Rubio Questions Obama-Era Guidance on School Arrests

Obama-era civil rights guidance that calls on schools not to rely on school police officers to administer routine student discipline “may have contributed to systemic failures to report [Parkland school shooting suspect] Nikolas Cruz’s dangerous behaviors to local law enforcement,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary or Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday.

That guidance calls upon schools to drive down disproportionately high discipline rates for students of color by examining whether penalties such as suspensions are applied consistently and fairly.