About 100 parents, teachers, students and advocates turned out for a hearing at Stuyvesant High School on Tuesday evening on proposed changes to the city’s discipline code, which would, among other things, lessen the number of offenses for which students could be suspended.
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Suspensions to Decrease Under Revised Discipline Code
City students were suspended from school more than 73,000 times last year and advocates say it almost always does more harm than good.
Now the Department of Education is trying to cut down on suspensions by revising the student discipline code, and a public meeting on those revisions was held in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday night.
The changes include taking away principals' ability to suspend students for a host of minor infractions, like swearing, gambling or using the Internet for non-educational purposes.
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The New York City Department of Education is proposing to eliminate suspensions for students who get caught breaking minor rules, such as cutting classes and cussing. ...
While advocates for students say they applaud some of the changes, they say more needs to be done.
“Changes made are minor and won’t provide systemic change,” said Sarah Landes, a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a collection of teachers, students and youth organizations working to reduce suspension and mandate alternative discipline methods.
NYPD School Safety Data Shows Most Arrests in Bronx Schools
Most of the students arrested or ticketed by police are in Bronx schools, according to a new analysis of NYPD school safety data released by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The report, released Wednesday, shows that 33% of arrests were made and nearly 55% of summonses were given in the Bronx. Citywide, police arrested 327 students and handed out 555 summonses in schools from January through March.
More than 96% of arrests were of black or Latino students, and more than 73% were male.
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“They treated us like machines – like we didn’t have any emotions or needs,” said Raquel Rojas, a former Cheesecake Factory line cook, standing with leaders of the group organizing the protest, Baltimore-based United Workers.org.
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