Sign On With Your School Now! End Racist Discipline In NYC

You may have seen Chancellor Fariña’s statement in the Daily News back in Septermber 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.


Join the 15 school teams and the MORE Caucus in signing on to this letter demanding 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.

Join the list of school teams calling on the DOE to bring systemic change with meaningful community input to school climate and discipline:

Thank you for taking action.

#EdsResist #SchoolPushout

Breaking the Silence

On October 9th, during the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action, Girls for Gender Equity & the African American Policy Forum held a Town Hall titled #BreakingtheSilence.


Cis and transgender girls of color testified to a packed house about their experiences with school pushout, incarceration, and other issues they face that are often overlooked by the community. Teachers Unite member Sarah Camiscoli was not able to testify for lack of time, but here is her testimony (you can read the full thing here):

I believe a commitment to wholeness for our schools involves not only addressing the school pushout of young women through zero tolerance policies, suspension, and sexual harassment, but also in addressing the kinds of school push out that are more subtle, sometimes unnamable, and elusive.

In my experience, there is an often-overlooked form of pushout that particularly affects young women of color who attend racially segregated public schools in NYC. This pushout affects young women who are learning English as a second language, and those who receive disability services. The intersection of being a young woman of color, learning English or having a learning disability, and attending a racially segregated public school is an intersectionality that is often unspoken of and, in my experience, can be one of the most menacing in terms of pushout.

Read more here!

Math & Science: Pushing Back Against #School Pushout

Calling Science & Math Teachers!

How can math & science classrooms fight back against school pushout? How are math & science educators creating student-centered, relevant, and restorative learning environments? Join with other teachers interested in sharing resources and building community at the

Science & Math Educator Meetup

Pushing back against #SchoolPushout in our classrooms

Thursday, October 16th
5:30 to 7pm
YA-YA Network
224 W. 29th Street, 14th Floor

A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3to 34th St

All are welcome—bring a snack to share!
Please RSVP:
Flyer attached

Week of Action 2013 #EdsResist #SchoolPushout

Did you know that on average states spend states spend $5.7 Billion a Year on the Juvenile Justice System Instead of our Schools?

Join us for the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action Against #SchoolPushout to demand #SolutionsNotSuspensions at the NYC events below!

Watch & share the promo video here


Dignity in Schools National Week of Action
Restorative Justice Workshop!

Come meet students, educators, parents, & community members in NYC who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices.
Workshop will be led by staff & students of West Side High School

Thursday, October 9th
5 to 7pm
Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

140 West 102nd Street
1 / B / C to 103rd Street


Food & drinks will be provided
Students, edcuators, parents—all are welcome!
Flyer attached below

#EdsResist #SchoolPushout #EducationIsTheKey #WoA2014


Town Hall Hearing
Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color

Girls for Gender Equity and The African American Policy Forum come together to ask:

Why are girls of color...
OVERLY-DISCIPLINED through suspensions, zero tolerance and arrests in school?
INCARCERATED at the highest rates in history?
DISCONNECTED from family & community?
OVER-SEXUALIZED in the media?
HARMED by abuse, trauma, and violence?
TRAFFICKED and sexually abused?

What can we do about it?
On International day of the girl, cis and trans girls will tell you #WhyWeCantWait

Saturday, October 11
12pm to 4pm
Columbia Law Review

435 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

Childcare and lunch provided for confirmed guests

More info on Facebook
Flyer attached below

Interested in connecting cis and transgender girls of color and gender nonconforming youth of color ages 13-24 to testify at the event? Email

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:

Thank you!


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