Revised School Disciplinary Code Encourages Counseling, Protects Special Needs Students

Education officials are taking a more sensitive approach to student misbehavior for the upcoming school year with a newly revised disciplinary code.

The 2013-14 version of the city’s annually updated guidelines, which will take effect next month when classes resume, include new rules to encourage the use of counseling, reduce bullying and protect students with special needs.

Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said the changes were meant to promote a better learning environment in the public schools for the city’s 1 million students.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/news/revised-school-disciplinary-code-encourages-counseling-protects-special-needs-students

Black, Low-Income and Special Needs Students Pushed Out

Students, Parents and Teachers Say NYCDOE Should Have Mandated Positive Approaches To Discipline in New School Code

August 15, 2013

Students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) fault the new Discipline Code just released by the Department of Education for its failure to mandate positive interventions like counseling, mediation and restorative approaches in schools across the city.

To demonstrate the positive impact of such interventions, DSC-NY released a case study today featuring the work of educators, students and parents at four public school campuses in New York City that are using restorative approaches, mediation and conflict resolution to transform their school climates, reduce disruption and improve learning.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/students-parents-and-teachers-say-nycdoe-should-have-mandated-positive-approaches-disc

NYC DOE Should Listen to Students, Parents and Educators on Changes to Discipline Code

NYC DOE Should Listen to Students, Parents and Educators on Changes to Discipline Code; Prevention and Guidance Interventions Make Safer Schools

June 20, 2013

Today, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is accepting final public comments on changes to the 2013-2014 Discipline Code. The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, is calling on the DOE to make changes aimed at reducing suspensions and to mandate and invest in positive alternatives and guidance interventions.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/nyc-doe-should-listen-students-parents-and-educators-changes-discipline-code-preventio

NYC Public High Schools Disciplinary Code Frustrates Parents and Students

More than 100 members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, attended the Department of Education (DOE) public hearing on the discipline code on June 6. They demanded changes that would limit the use of suspensions and require that schools use more effective alternatives, such as peer mediation and restoration justice.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/news/nyc-public-high-schools-disciplinary-code-frustrates-parents-and-students-1

Students and Parents Speak Out at NYC DOE Hearing on Discipline Code

Students and Parents Speak Out at NYC DOE Hearing on Discipline Code; Demand an End to Suspensions for Minor Misbehavior and Call for Positive Alternatives

June 7, 2013

Yesterday over 100 members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, attended the Department of Education (DOE) public hearing on the Discipline Code to demand changes that would limit the use of suspensions and require that schools implement more effective alternatives, like peer mediation and restorative justice.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/students-and-parents-speak-out-nyc-doe-hearing-discipline-code-demand-end-suspensions-

Students and Parents to Rally at NYC DOE

Students and Parents to Rally at NYC DOE; Demand Changes to Discipline Code to Reduce Suspensions and Racial Disparities

June 6, 2013

Today at 12:00 p.m. members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, will hold a rally and press conference, together with local lawmakers, outside of the Department of Education on the steps of Tweed Courthouse to call for changes to the NYC Discipline Code. Members of the Campaign are concerned that the new draft of the Discipline Code lacks significant changes that would address the disproportionate suspension of students of color and includes 27 behavior infractions for which a student can be suspended for a full year.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/students-and-parents-rally-nyc-doe-demand-changes-discipline-code-reduce-suspensions-a

New Data Released Shows Youth of Color Continue to be Targeted

New Data Released Shows Youth of Color Continue to be Targeted by NYPD at Higher Rates in NYC Public Schools

June 3, 2013

The number of arrests and tickets issued in New York City public schools continued to decline during the first quarter of 2013, according to data released today by the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York. But while the decline is good news, disparities in arrests and tickets remain shockingly high with black and Latino students bearing the brunt of the NYPD’s school discipline policies.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/new-data-released-shows-youth-color-continue-be-targeted-nypd-higher-rates-nyc-public-

NYC DOE Fails to Reduce Suspensions of Address Racial Disparities

NYC Department of Education Fails to Reduce Suspensions or Address Racial Disparities

May 24, 2013

Students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) are challenging the latest draft of the 2013-2014 Discipline Code, which was released yesterday for public review. Members of the Campaign are concerned that the draft Code lacks significant changes that would address the disproportionate suspension of students of color and includes 27 behavior infractions for which a student can be suspended for a full year.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/press-release/nyc-department-education-fails-reduce-suspensions-or-address-racial-disparities

Calling for an End to Racial Disparities in School Suspensions and Arrests

NYC Mayoral Candidates Bill DeBlasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson, Elected Officials, Students Demand End to Racial Disparities in School Suspensions and Arrests

April 15, 2013

On Monday, April 15th at 11 AM on the Steps of City Hall, Democratic mayoral candidates John Liu, Bill Thompson, and elected officials stood with students, parents and teachers, to call for an end to racial disparities in school suspensions and arrests. The press event, brought together by the Dignity in Schools Campaign- NY (DSC-NY), and joined by the citywide coalition New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, called on the next Mayor to end these racial disparities by implementing positive approaches to discipline like Restorative Justice programs, that will keep young people in the classroom and out of the streets and the juvenile justice system.

Read more: http://www.dignityinschools.org/DSCNY_pressrelease41513

NYCLU Urges City Council to Improve Transparency in School Discipline

In testimony delivered today at a New York City Council joint-committee hearing on school safety and student discipline, the New York Civil Liberties Union urged lawmakers to strengthen the reporting requirements in the Student Safety Act – a 2011 city law that requires regular reporting by the DOE and NYPD on school safety and disciplinary issues, including student suspensions and arrests.

Read more: http://www.nyclu.org/news/nyclu-urges-city-council-improve-transparency-school-discipline