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The New York City Council is set to pass a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students, Parents, Educators & Advocates Present a New Vision for School Safety in NYC Public Schools
September 14, 2013
The Student Safety Coalition, a diverse group of educators, parents, students, advocates and legal experts, today called on New York City’s next mayor to implement reforms to end overly aggressive policing in the city schools and restore authority over school discipline to professional educators.
Read the full press release: http://www.nyclu.org/news/students-parents-educators-advocates-present-new-vision-school-safety-nyc-public-schools