New Report Highlights Urgent Need for School Discipline Reform

New Report Highlights Urgent Need for School Discipline Reform

June 3, 2014

In response to School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System, a report released today by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman issued the following statement: “This report builds on a growing body of research demonstrating that excessively harsh school discipline practices push students out of school, increase drop-out rates and unfairly impact students of color and those with special needs.

Read more: http://www.nyclu.org/news/new-report-highlights-urgent-need-school-discipline-reform

Rise in School Suspensions Disappointing, but Hopeful New Administration Changing Course

Rise in School Suspensions Disappointing, but Hopeful New Administration Changing Course

March 31, 2014

New data released late Monday by New York City reveals a troubling rise in school suspensions during the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, according to the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union. But a dip in student suspensions since leadership of the schools shifted to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña may indicate the start of a culture shift toward a learning environment that is supportive of all students.

Read more: http://www.nyclu.org/news/rise-school-suspensions-disappointing-hopeful-new-administration-changing-course

Can We Fix the Race Problem in America’s School Discipline?

Can We Fix the Race Problem in America’s School Discipline?

January 24, 2014

When Marlyn Tillman’s family moved from Maryland to Georgia, her oldest son was in middle school. Throughout his eighth grade year, he was told by his school’s administration that his clothing was inappropriate. Even a simple North Carolina t-shirt was targeted – because it was blue, they said, it was flagged as “gang-related.”

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/news/can-we-fix-race-problem-americas-school-discipline-four-solutions-new-federal-report-discrimina

DSC-NY Praises the Appointment of Dromm

DSC-NY Praises the Appointment of Council Member Daniel Dromm as the Chair of the Education Committee

January 22, 2014

Following the election of Council Member Daniel Dromm as the chair of the Education Committee of the New York City Council, the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY (DSC-NY) released this statement:

“Daniel Dromm is a great choice – he knows the New York City public school system as a former educator. He will help push education policy in New York City in a new and successful direction. We need a true leader like Council Member Dromm, who cares about the voices of students, parents, and educators.  We are privileged to have worked with him as a City Council Member in the past, and applaud his continuous support to make our schools more safe and supportive.  Council Member Dromm has endorsed DSC-NY’s platform to mandate guidance interventions in all schools and end suspensions for minor misbehavior, like defying authority. Parents, students, teachers and advocates are ready to collaborate with Council Member Dromm to give every child the right to be treated with respect and dignity in NYC schools.”- Shoshi Chowdhury, Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/dsc-ny-praises-appointment-council-member-daniel-dromm-chair-education-committee

NYC Schools Should Look to Federal School Discipline Guidance

NYC Schools Should Look to Federal School Discipline Guidance Released by Departments of Education and Justice

January 8, 2014

Following today’s release of School Discipline Guidance by the Federal Departments of Education and Justice, students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) urge the de Blasio administration to take steps to reduce racial disparities in school discipline and require the use of positive Guidance Interventions before suspension in all schools.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/nyc-schools-should-look-federal-school-discipline-guidance-released-departments-educat

School Discipline Reforms Vital; NYCLU Applauds New Federal Guidance

January 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice today released strong guidance directed at reforming school discipline nationwide. For the first time, the federal government has explicitly acknowledged the effects of racially disproportionate school discipline – and that current practices violate federal civil rights law. The guidance prescribes measures to address inequities, by increasing training and requiring protocols that will limit the involvement of law-enforcement personnel, including school safety officers, in disciplinary matters.

Read more: http://www.nyclu.org/news/school-discipline-reforms-vital-nyclu-applauds-new-federal-guidance

Students, Parents, Teachers to Redefine School Safety for the New Administration

November 15, 2013

On Monday, November 18th at 5 p.m. the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York will be joined by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brian and local students, parents, and teachers for a panel discussion on how Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio can shift school discipline and safety policies in New York City to create safe and supportive school climates for all.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/students-parents-teachers-redefine-school-safety-new-administration

New Data Show Decrease in NYC School Suspensions, But Next Mayor Still Has Work to Do

November 1, 2013

New York City public schools posted a 23 percent decline in student suspensions during the last school year, but students of color and students with disabilities continue to be suspended at dramatically higher rates than white students, new data show.

According to the city’s Department of Education (DOE), there were 53,465 suspensions during the 2012-13 school year compared to 69,643 suspensions in 2011-12.

While the decrease shows progress, the number of suspensions still is too high and students of color are disproportionately suspended from school at the same rates as in the past. Black students make up 52.8 percent of suspensions, but only 27.2 percent of the student population.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/new-data-show-decrease-nyc-school-suspensions-next-mayor-still-has-work-do

Black, Low-Income and Special Needs Students Pushed Out

Black, Low-Income and Special Needs Students Pushed Out through Suspensions and Arrests, NYCLU Analysis Finds

Black and low-income youth and students with special needs are disproportionately suspended and arrested in New York City public schools, a new report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union shows. The report also includes new data that links suspension patterns to the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices.

Read more: http://www.nyclu.org/news/black-low-income-and-special-needs-students-pushed-out-through-suspensions-and-arrests-nyclu-an

Restorative Justice’s After-School Special

The documentary Growing Fairness aims to train an army of educators set on using restorative justice instead of punishment when dealing with high-school kids.

“Education was where my heart was,” says Tyrone Sinclair in Growing Fairness, a documentary showcasing the impact restorative-justice programs can have in our nation’s schools. Sinclair says he was expelled from school at 16, became homeless, and then ended up in jail. Now, he organizes young people in Los Angeles. “I knew that wasn’t the place for me,” he says of prison. “I love to learn every day.”

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/news/restorative-justices-after-school-special