School Policy on Restraining Students Will Change: de Blasio

School Policy on Restraining Students Will Change: de Blasio

October 1, 2014

The New York City public school system is going to change its policy on restraining students for unruly behavior, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The policy that we inherited we are not satisfied with,” de Blasio said when asked by the I-Team following a report on a 5-year-old placed in restraints. “A new policy will be announced quite soon, clarifying the kind of restraint we expect in these situations.”

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/public-schools-restraints-soft-handcuffs-seclusion-277802161.html

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

 

 

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