Elementary Ed Teacher or Parent? Fill out this survey!

The School-to-Prison Pipeline starts in K-5

Recent articles describe how racial bias manifests in the discipline of elementary school students.

Are you an elementary educator or parent?

Please take a moment to fill out this survey about your experiences with student pushout, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and overly punitive & racially disproportionate discipline in K-5 schools.

Contribute to the conversation about what’s working in schools and what needs & challenges in building community and restorative approaches to discipline school communities are facing.

Survey here: http://bit.ly/1sttrt2

Thank you!

Sept 30: Queens Restorative Justice Meetup!

Come meet students, school staff, parents, and community members in Queens public schools who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices

Tuesday, September 30th
4:30 to 6pm

Hosted by the NYC Academy for Discovery, PS 306
95-16 89th Avenue, Woodhaven, NY 11421
J/Z to Woodhaven Blvd / Parking available

All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members—& food will be provided!

Flyer attached below.
Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net

Take Action Now: Ending Racist Discipline in NYC Schools

September 8, 2014

You may have seen Chancellor Fariña’s statement in the Daily News last week about delaying the release of the 2014-2015 Discipline Code. What’s the hold up?

Young people, parents, and educators know what schools need to create safe communities for all: see statements released in response to the Chancellor from Dignity in Schools and the Urban Youth Collaborative.

Now you can take action! Ask your school to sign on to this letterdemanding systemic changes so that schools have the resources, support, and policy in place to stop the School-to-Prison pipeline in NYC.

Are you a member of your UFT Chapter? Parent Association? Student Leadership Council? Restorative Justice team? All of the above? The city needs to hear from people on the ground about what they need to make schools caring communities for all.

Please sign on with your school by Friday, September 12th!

Thank you for taking action.


States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools.

5th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout
October 4-11, 2014

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2014

Contact: Shoshi Chowdhury
Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY)

NYC Students to Start School Without New Discipline Code; Change is Needed this Fall

New York, NY, September 3, 2014 – Tomorrow, 1.1 million NYC students will start school without a new discipline code. Community members and elected officials agree changes are needed to create safer and more supportive schools. The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state assembly members, is calling on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.

Each year, the DOE suspends thousands of students for minor misbehavior such as insubordination and talking back, infractions that fall under Infraction Code B21 of the DOE’s Discipline Code. While students should be held accountable for their behavior, research has shown that suspensions are ineffective in preventing future behavior problems and can actually increase the likelihood that students get into additional trouble and fall behind in their classroom work. Furthermore, data shows that children of color and those with disabilities are suspended at higher rates for these minor infractions than their peers.


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