New video! Restorative Justice In Schools: Let’s Do This Right

#InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

If school districts are rethinking discipline, our members--NYC public school educators--want to make sure these "reforms" are done right.

Schools need real resources and support to transform into restorative, just, and inclusive communities.

See our press release here: NYC teachers and students call for investment in Restorative Justice in public education and divestment from school policing—and for teachers to demand action from their unions

Please share the video online along with the photo and social media posts listed below!

The NYC School Safety Budget is almost $500 million A YEAR for policing schools, scanning students, and arresting young people for minor misbehaviors. Think about what kinds of positive supports for students and schools we could be spending this money on. Public schools implementing Restorative Justice need sustainable, multi-year funding for dedicated staff, like full-time RJ coordinators, district-wide coordination, professional development, and youth & parent training and leadership.

Teachers Unite's statement on police in schools
Dignity in Schools Campaign's statement on #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh
• the Youth of Color Statement on School Safety and Gun Violence
• Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York's Blueprint for funding RJ in NYC schools

Sample Social Media Posts:

  • #RestorativeJustice is not replacing suspensions with the newest buzzword. It’s not an experiment on black and brown young people, and it’s not a trendy new discipline mandate from above #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is a about a cultural shift that can include a variety of community building, conflict resolution, and deescalation practices like circles, mediations, formal restorative conferences, mentoring and leadership development that can be led by any member of a school community #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is NOT a prepackaged program you can just pour into a school #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is for EVERY school that can benefit from a shift toward a reflective culture for teachers and students #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is necessary to show my students that they matter #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is more meaningful than just being sent home #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is reflecting on my teaching practice to reach all students #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice is about helping me to see my place in the school community and to be supported by my classmates and teachers #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice takes years to understand and implement. If our school district is rethinking discipline, we want it to be successful. #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • #RestorativeJustice needs sustainable funding for dedicated staff, like full-time RJ coordinators, district-wide coordination, professional development, and youth & parent training and leadership. #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice

  • The NYC NYPD School Safety Budget is almost $500 million A YEAR for policing schools, scanning students, and arresting young people for minor misbehaviors. Think about what kinds of positive supports for students and schools we could be spending this money on. #RestorativeJustice

  • We must commit to the transformation of our schools as we fight for a world with justice for all, and a world without racism or any form of oppression. #InvestinSchoolsNotPolice