In Friday's Gotham Gazette, Teachers Unite ally member & principal of the James Baldwin School Brady Smith calls on the Chancellor to take the lead on school discipline and eliminate suspension for "Defying Authority" in the Discipline Code.
"Last year in New York City schools, black students, who comprise less than a third of the student population, served more than half of the suspensions citywide. Students with disabilities, making up twelve percent of the student body, served a whopping thirty percent of principal and superintendent suspensions. Are our black students or students with special needs more disruptive, or more dangerous, than their white peers? No."
Read the whole Op Ed here, share far and wide, and join Teachers Unite members, students, parents, and advocates at the Discipline Code Hearing to call on the DOE to stop racial disparities in discipline & school-to-prison pipeline in NYC!
POSTPONED: Press Conference and Discipline Code Hearing
100 Hester Street
B/D to Grand | J to Bowery | 6/N/Q/R to Bowery | F to East Broadway
4:45 PM Press Conference
5:30 PM Sign up for Giving Testimony
6-8 PM Discipline Code Hearing
- End Suspensions for “Defying or Disobeying Authority”, a minor misbehavior that is the second most common reason for suspensions
-Mandate Guidance Interventions, like counseling, mediation & restorative justice before suspension (except for the most serious behaviors)
-AND Provide Trainings to All School Staff on the purpose and use of Guidance Interventions to prevent and reduce conflict and disruption.
Students - Educators - Parents - Community Members: Come Speak Out!
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