Dignity in Schools Campaign–New York Press Conference

June 5, 2012 - 5:15pm
Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY

Join the Dignity in Schools Campaign–New York on Tuesday, June 5th  as students, parents, teachers, and advocates from across the city convene a press conference to address the overuse of suspensions and other punitive discipline in New York City’s schools. We need your help in sending the Department of Education a strong message that punitive discipline does not work. The DOE must reduce suspensions and invest in the proven, positive alternatives that are being used with great success in schools around the city. Our children deserve to be on a school pathway to success - not a pipeline to prison.

Tuesday, June 5th

Stuyvesant High School

345 Chambers Street

Press Conference: 5:15 p.m.
***Hearing to follow press conference***


o  In 2010-2011, there were over 73,400 suspensions in NYC public schools.
o  Black students, who represent 33% of the student population, received 52% of suspensions.
o  More than 20% of suspensions lasted more than a week (compare to 14% in 1999-2000).
o  Students with disabilities are four times more likely to be suspended than students without disabilities.

We encourage people to join us for the press conference and to consider testifying at the NYC DOE School Discipline Code hearing. For more info and to RSVP, please contact Shoshi Chowdhury at 212-253-1710 x314 or e-mail Shoshi@nesri.org