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Alternatives to Suspension: Inside a 'Restorative Justice' High School

Monday, April 27, 2015

WNYC
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is urging schools to try restorative justice practices in order to reduce suspensions. What does that look like?  At one school, it means much more talking.
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Report: Discipline at Many Charter Schools Violates Students' Rights

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WNYC
Too many city charter schools have discipline policies that can expel or suspend a student for minor infractions, in violation of state and federal laws, according to a new report.
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Focus on Discipline: How One NYC Student Was Suspended for 30 Days

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As New York City's Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña considers changes to the discipline code, we look at one suspension case and all the questions it raises. 
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Leading the Way to School Discipline Without Suspensions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One principal approaches discipline with a combination of structure and flexibility. It's helped turn a violent, failing school in Queens into a neighborhood model.
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New York City School Suspensions Remains Flat

Friday, October 31, 2014

Black and Hispanic students received an outsized share of school suspensions last year, prompting the chancellor to acknowledge more work needs to be done.
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WNYC News

Blocking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WNYC

The city's harsh school discipline code is enforced by safety agents who work for the police department — and exacerbates tensions between police and the community they serve.

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City Sees Big Drop in Student Suspensions

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The number of students suspended from school dropped by more than 20 percent last year. But racial and other disparities remain.

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Report Highlights Overlap Between Stop and Frisk and Suspensions

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A new analysis from the New York Civil Liberties Union shows an overlap between students coming in contact with stop-and-frisk police tactics and school suspensions. 

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On Discipline Students Seek More Middle Ground

Friday, June 07, 2013

WNYC

Advocates and students want to require restorative approaches to discipline first, before a school is able to suspend a student. They also say students should no longer be suspended under broad terms like "defying authority," or for minor offenses such as writing graffiti.

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School Discipline Under Review

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

WNYC

School suspensions in New York City are on the decline, a new trend. But many critics say the numbers are still too high at a time when the thinking around school discipline has evolved. They say that suspensions fail to solve the behavior problem in the first place, since there's very little opportunity for the school and the student’s family to work together. We get a glimpse of this communication divide through the story of one Queens family.

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Task Force Urges Changes in School Discipline

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A panel of children's advocates, educators, and attorneys is urging the next New York City mayor to revamp the way many students are disciplined at school. Led by New York's former chief judge, the panel warned that students who are suspended or arrested at school are more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system down the line.

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Overall Suspensions Decline, But High Rates Persist

Friday, November 16, 2012

The overall number of suspensions declined by more than five percent last school year, and longer-term suspensions showed an even greater drop. But some of the same trends remained: African-American students and students with disabilities were disproportionately suspended from school at higher rates than their peers.

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Softer Suspension Rules for Younger Students

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Education Department is changing the rules around suspension of younger students. Children in kindergarten through third grade can no longer be suspended for more than five days for disruptive behavior, such as pushing and shoving.

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Weighing In on Stuyvesant Cheating Scandal

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Calls and comments streamed in when WNYC asked about the recent news of cheating at Stuyvesant High School. Several former Stuyvesant students said cheating was fairly widespread and others complained the emphasis on tests pushed kids to employ dubious tactics to get the best score possible.

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The City Council Speaker Weighs in on the School Discipline Code

Monday, June 04, 2012

As the city tries to decrease its student suspension rate with a revised discipline code, Christine Quinn, the city council speaker, urges the Department of Education to consider even more measures to keep students in school.

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Life in the SAVE Room, and Other Tales of Suspensions

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Omar White is 12 years old, bright and horribly behind in his classes at Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School in the Bronx. That is because he spends most of the time out of his class.

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Finding the Child in the Behavior

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Children's misbehavior and the use of suspensions can leave adults in particularly tricky territory.

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Police Release Quarterly Report on School Arrests

Monday, November 28, 2011

Complying with a new city law, the New York Police Department released a quarterly report on school arrests and summonses, which showed that nearly half of the 63 students who were arrested were younger than 16. The report also showed that the police issued 182 summonses, and that the students arrested were more likely to be black and male.

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Reporting on Student Suspensions Is the First Step

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Department of Education complied with the new Student Safety Act by releasing data of how many students were suspended last school year. The details of their reporting shows room for improvement in how schools handle discipline problems, says Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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Finding Patterns in School Suspension Figures

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The discipline statistics released by the city's Department of Education are fascinating, and factual nuggets were unearthed in the variety of news reports about them, including the breakdown of suspensions of minority and special education children, some cases of kindergarten suspensions and some schools that showed unusual patterns.

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