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Platform for Positive School Discipline in New York City Schools

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Author(s): 
Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY
Publication Date: 
October, 2011

The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) is a coalition of students, parents, advocates and educators calling for positive, school-wide approaches to discipline that improve school climate and increase learning. The Campaign's Platform calls on the Mayor, the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Education Department, and City and State legislators to:

  1. Implement and fund positive school-wide discipline policies in all schools by incorporating approaches such as restorative practices, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and peer mediation.
     
  2. Reduce suspensions by no less than 50% by September 2013, eliminate suspensions of more than 10 days, and reduce school-based arrests by revising the Discipline Code, Chancellor’s Regulations, and other policies.
     
  3. Monitor the use of suspensions, removals, arrests and positive interventions in all schools.

Click here to read out full platform in English or Spanish.

 

Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York include: Advocates for Children of New York,
Center for Community Alternatives, Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Coalition for Gender Equity in
Schools, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Future of Tomorrow, Make the Road New York, Mass
Transit Street Theater, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), New Settlement
Apartments Parent Action Committee, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Pumphouse Projects,
Sistas and Brothas United, Teachers Unite, Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), Youth Ministries for Peace
and Justice, Youth on the Move and Youth Represent.
 

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