School Eliminates Suspensions for Insubordination

School Eliminates Suspensions for Insubordination

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Publication Date: 
March 4, 2015
Organization Title: 
Bronx12 News

THE BRONX - An Eastchester middle school has done away with suspending students under the districtwide "B-21" rule.

New York City's Department of Education recently released its school climate reforms. An issue at the top of the list was reducing suspensions for insubordination.

Cornerstone Academy Principal Bowman says they have been able to make the change without incident because teachers and staff focus on relationships with their students, reducing the need for suspensions. The principal says it is time that the entire school system does the same.

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Restorative Justice is Key to School Discipline Reform

Restorative Justice is Key to School Discipline Reform

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Publication Date: 
May 18, 2015
Author: 
Sarah Marcy
Organization Title: 
Gotham Gazette

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Dismantle, not reinforce school-to-prison pipeline in our New York City schools

Dismantle, not reinforce school-to-prison pipeline in our New York City schools

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May 29, 2015
Author: 
Kesi Foster
Organization Title: 
Amsterdam News

Schools should be places where children are treated as students and given the tools to learn, but too often, our school discipline system treats them as criminals instead.

For years, we’ve seen the problems of having too many police officers in our schools rather than guidance counselors and other support staff. Now there’s a new proposal that would make the problem worse, and it must be stopped.

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City Task Force Recommends New Ways to Reduce School Suspensions

City Task Force Recommends New Ways to Reduce School Suspensions

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July 23, 2015
Author: 
Patrick Wall
Organization Title: 
Chalkbeat

A fraction of schools accounts for an outsize portion of serious school punishments, according to a new report that recommends ways the city can combat that and other disparities in the way students are disciplined.

Although the number of suspensions and arrests in city schools continues to shrink, a tenth of the city’s schools administer 41 percent of all suspensions, and nearly half of all tickets were issued in 10 school buildings, the report said.

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Bronx High School Struggles To Overcome Record of Most Student Arrests

Bronx High School Struggles To Overcome Record of Most Student Arrests

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August 27, 2015
Author: 
Gwynne Hogan and Amy Zimmer
Organization Title: 
DNAinfo

KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS — When Santiago Taveras became principal at the struggling Dewitt Clinton High School two years ago, the situation was bleak.

Tensions ran high between students and NYPD School Safety Officers, with massive lines to pass through the school's metal detectors each day and some staff members appearing to expect the worst of students, many of whom live in shelters or have had court involvement, Taveras said.

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A Step Toward Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

A Step Toward Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Publication Date: 
August 17, 2015
Author: 
Christine Rodriguez
Organization Title: 
Gotham Gazette

For years, the school-to-prison pipeline has afflicted communities of color in New York. From a young age, students begin to be treated like criminals within the confines of their own schools—from being handcuffed, suspended, and arrested for minor incidents to starting the day by walking through metal detectors and having police be the first people they see.

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First Full Year of NYPD Data Shows Black Students Disproportionately Arrested at School

First Full Year of NYPD Data Shows Black Students Disproportionately Arrested at School

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Publication Date: 
August 14, 2012
Organization Title: 
Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY

NYPD School Safety Division personnel arrested or ticketed more than ­­11 students each day in New York City public schools during the 2011-12 school year, according to an analysis of NYPD school safety data released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY. For the year, more than 95 percent of arrests were of black or Latino students; 74 percent were of males; and 1-in-5 were of students between the ages of 11 and 14.

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Push back against public school pushout

Push back against public school pushout

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Publication Date: 
October 7, 2011
Author: 
Kingsley Dougan
Organization Title: 
Caribbean Life

“Push back against public school pushout” By Kingsley Dougan

On October 4, members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY gathered at City Hall Park to demand an end to the harsh and discriminatory discipline practices and lockdown conditions in many of the city’s public schools.

Over 100 students, parents, teachers and community members shared their demands for the Department of Education to reduce high suspension rates and implement alternative policies that focus on resolving conflict in positive ways.
   

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Students urge change in school discipline

Students urge change in school discipline

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Publication Date: 
October 13, 2011
Author: 
Anna Gustafson
Organization Title: 
Queens Chronicle

 

Students urge change in school discipline

by Anna Gustafson, Editor | Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 12:00 pm

When Abeer Ahmed got into a fight as a sophomore at Queens Collegiate High School in Jamaica, he knew there would have to be some kind of punishment.

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DSCNY's very own Chima Agwu and Jaime Koppel discuss the national crisis of student push out on WBAI radio 99.5 FM.

DSCNY's very own Chima Agwu and Jaime Koppel discuss the national crisis of student push out on WBAI radio 99.5 FM.

DSCNY's very own Chima Agwu and Jaime Koppel discuss the national crisis of student push out on WBAI radio 99.5 FM. Our schools are pushing our students out of schools and into prisons and it needs to stop now! The Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York is workign to end the criminalization of students!

http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/wbai_110929_220051gmus.mp3

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