What School Safety Officers Did to a Special-Needs Kindergartner Prompted His Mom to Start Videotaping and Hire an Attorney

What School Safety Officers Did to a Special-Needs Kindergartner Prompted His Mom to Start Videotaping and Hire an Attorney

October 1, 2014

New York City’s PS 107 has called Alicia Cabrel about her 5-year-old son in the past. Because she lives just across the street from the Bronx school, Cabrel usually comes over to help out when needed. But what happened to her boy at school last week prompted the flabbergasted mom to get in touch with an attorney.

Read more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/01/what-school-safety-officers-did-to-a-special-needs-kindergartner-prompted-his-mom-to-start-videotaping-and-hire-an-attorney/

Video Shows Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

Video Shows Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

September 30, 2014

Questions linger after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out at his Bronx school, and the incident was caught on cell phone video. Now, his mother is demanding answers. The video is heartbreaking, and it’s tough to watch the little boy crying out for his mother. But the big question is did school safety agents at PS 107 in the Soundview section go too far, or was there good reason to restrain the boy while following protocol?

Read more: http://7online.com/education/video-shows-special-needs-student-restrained-in-bronx-school/331179/

De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

September 28, 2014

The de Blasio administration plans to release a new school discipline code this fall, part of a larger initiative to examine school safety, discipline, suspensions and arrests. Politically, the stakes are high for Mr. de Blasio, who gained traction in the race for mayor agitating on issues of social justice and, as with his policing strategies, will have to balance the rights of students to be treated fairly with the need for schools to remain safe.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/nyregion/mayor-plans-revised-code-for-discipline-in-schools.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1

As City Prepares To Rethink School Discipline, A Look At Restorative Justice Programs In Action

As City Prepares To Rethink School Discipline, A Look At Restorative Justice Programs In Action

June 23, 2014

For the past few years, the Department of Education has been quietly building its capacity to implement restorative justice programs. Most recently, the department’s Office of Safety and Youth Development verbally committed to expanding the programs next year by providing funding that would allow schools to hire restorative justice coordinators and train staff members. Though the number of schools involved and the dollar amount each would receive have yet to be determined, a proposal presented by the New York chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign last December outlines an $8.75 million investment: a pilot cohort of 10 schools, each receiving $175,000 annually for five years. That would be a significant step in a citywide shift toward restorative justice that Chancellor Carmen Fariña promoted in May, and Mayor Bill de Blasio called for as public advocate.

Read more: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/23/as-city-prepares-to-rethink-school-discipline-a-look-at-restorative-justice-programs-in-action/#.Vgl9OflVhBe

City Preparing To Expand Restorative Justice Programs

City Preparing To Expand Restorative Justice Programs

June 20, 2014

The city is poised to dramatically expand restorative justice programs aimed at improving school climate and rethinking school discipline next year. The head of the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development verbally committed to provide new support for restorative justice programs at a May meeting about school discipline issues, according to two attendees. Though few details of the expansion have been finalized, the agreement represents the administration’s first step toward enacting discipline policy changes that Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Mayor Bill de Blasio have both called for. On Friday, a department spokeswoman said officials had been consulting with a number of organizations focused on school discipline, including Dignity in Schools. The New York chapter has been meeting monthly with the safety office to create a plan that would begin in January 2015, according to Elana Eisen-Markowitz, a teacher at the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters who attended the May meeting.

Read more: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/20/city-prepares-to-expand-restorative-justice-programs/#.Vgl9OflVhBe

 

 

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

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

When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners

As students in New York City return to school for the fall, a coalition of youth and legal advocacy groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, has launched a campaign to address disciplinary policies that they argue criminalize students, making them less likely to graduate and more likely to end up ensnared in the criminal justice system.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/when-high-school-students-are-treated-like-prisoners-20130912

When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners

When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners

Rolling Stone, September 12, 2013 — “As students in New York City return to school for the fall, a coalition of youth and legal advocacy groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, has launched a campaign to address disciplinary policies that they argue criminalize students, making them less likely to graduate and more likely to end up ensnared in the criminal justice system.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/when-high-school-students-are-treated-like-prisoners-20130912

Police arrests and tickets in school down, but racial gap persists

Police arrests and tickets in school down, but racial gap persists

Gotham Schools, September 4, 2013 — “The number of students getting arrested or ticketed by New York City police officers during school is trending down, according to updated police statistics released last week.

The decline comes in the second school year for which the New York City Police Department, which governs school safety, has been required to publicly report how many student arrests it makes and summonses it gives out. It is also required to report the data disaggregated by gender, race, age and the category of offense.”

Read more: http://gothamschools.org/2013/09/04/police-arrests-and-tickets-in-school-down-but-racial-gap-persists/