Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York

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The New York Chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC-NY) is a citywide coalition of students, parents, advocates, educators and lawyers calling for positive, school-wide approaches to discipline that improve the school environment, reduce conflict, and increase learning. We work to reduce suspensions and other harsh policies that violate students’ human right to education and to be treated with dignity.  Students, parents and educators have a right to participate in decision-making related to discipline policies in schools.

Sign-on to our petition to change the NYC School Discipline Code!

You can also download the 2015 Recommendations for Changes to the Discipline Code here

Download our latest case study on four DSC-NY pilot schools implementing restorative practices and peer mediation - Building Safe, Supportive and Restorative School Communities in New York City

Read our full Platform for Positive School Discipline in New York City Schools

Who We Are:

Advocates for Children of New York,Center for Community Alternatives, Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Coalition for Gender Equity in Schools, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Future of Tomorrow (FOT), Girls for Gender Equity (GGE),  Make the Road New York, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee, Restorative Justice Initiative, Rockaway Youth Task Force, Sistas and Brothas United, Teachers Unite, The Sikh Coalition, Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change, Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), Ya Ya Network, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, YAYA-Network, and Youth Represent.

Our Work:

DSC-NY develops policy recommendations and organizes testimony before the Department of Education to change New York City's school discipline policies, and holds workshops and teach-ins to engage students, parents and educators in our work.

To get involved contact Shoshi Chowdhury, DSC-NY Coordinator at shoshi(at)nesri(dot)org or 212-253-1710 ext. 314.

Latest News:

12/15/2014, NY Daily News: School Suspensions Ruin Students' Lives
09/11/2014, Amsterdam News: Coalition Pushes for Disciplinary Code Reform in City Schools
07/07/2014, NY Daily News: EXCLUSIVE: City Council Members Want Mayor de Blasio to Fix School Discipline Code, Which They Say is Biased
06/25/2014, Chalkbeat NY: As Discipline Code Revisions Delayed, Advocates Want Some Suspensions Banned
06/23/2014, Chalkbeat NY: As City Prepares to Rethink School Discipline, a Look at Restorative Justice Programs in Action
06/20/2014, Chalkbeat NY: City Preparing to Expand Restorative Justice Programs
05/30/2014, Gotham Gazette: Principal to Chancellor: Take the Lead on School Discipline
01/24/2014, Rolling Stone: Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline?
11/19/2013, El Diario: Estudiantes de NYC piden que no se les trate como criminales
10/04/2013, The American Prospect: Restorative Justice's After-School Special
09/12/2013, Rolling Stone: When High School Students Are Treated Like Prisoners
08/17/2013, NY Daily News: Revised School Disciplinary Code Encourages Counseling, Protects Special Needs Students
06/13/2013, Amsterdam News: NYC Public High Schools Disciplinary Code Frustrates Parents and Students
06/07/2013, NY Times SchoolBook: On Discipline Students Seek More Middle Ground
05/24/2013, Gotham Schools: Advocates Say Draft Discipline Code is a Letdown After Last Year
05/08/2013, Huffington Post: Anthony Weiner Causes Protest Over Education Position Without Even Being A Candidate For Office
04/23/2013, Huffington Post: Teaching Prison's Shadow
04/16/2013, Democracy Now: Students, Officials Condemn School-to-Prison Pipeline in NYC
04/16/2013, Gotham Schools: Advocates ask Candidates for School Discipline Climate Change
04/16/2013, New York Times: Democratic Candidates Criticize Disciplining of City's Students
03/26/2013, NY Daily News: Arrests in Bronx Schools Down by More Than 50%, But Borough Schools Still Had Most in City
02/15/2013, Amsterdam News: Advocacy Group Feels DOE Can Do More To Prevent Suspensions In City Schools

DSC-NY Press Releases:

01/22/2014, DSC-NY Praises the Appointment of Council Member Daniel Dromm as the Chair of the Education Committee
01/08/2014, NYC Schools Should Look to Federal School Discipline Guidance Released by Departments of Education and Justice
11/15/2013, Students, Parents, Teachers to Redefine School Safety for the New Administration
11/01/2013, New Data Show Decrease in NYC School Suspensions, But Next Mayor Still Has Work to Do
08/15/2013, Students, Parents and Teachers Say NYCDOE Should Have Mandated Positive Approaches To Discipline in New School Code
06/20/2013, NYC DOE Should Listen to Students, Parents and Educators on Changes to Discipline Code
06/07/2013, Students and Parents Speak Out at NYC DOE Hearing on Discipline Code; Demand an End to Suspensions for Minor Misbehavior and Call for Positive Alternatives
06/03/2013, New Data Released Shows Youth of Color Continue to be Targeted by NYPD at Higher Rates in NYC Public Schools
05/24/2013, NYC Department of Education Fails to Reduce Suspensions or Address Racial Disparities
04/15/2013, NYC Mayoral Candidates, Elected Officials, Students Demand End to Racial Disparities in School Suspensions and Arrests
06/06/2013, Students and Parents to Rally at NYC DOE; Demand Changes to Discipline Code to Reduce Suspensions and Racial Disparities

Watch recent videos of DSC-NY events:

November 2013 - Talking Transition Event: Solutions, Not Suspensions!

October 2013 - DSC National Week of Action Highlights Video

September 2013 - DSC-NY Calls for Changes to Discipline Code

March 2013 - DSC-NY Members Speak at Rally in Washington, DC
    - Rukia Lumumba, Center for Community Alternatives
    - Aisha Vegas, Youth on the Move
    - Manny Yusuf, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

February 22, 2012 - Press Conference and Rally at One Police Plaza

October 4, 2011 - Rally and Street Theatre at City Hall

June 21, 2011 - Press Conference and Testimony at DOE Discipline Code Hearing

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