EXCLUSIVE: City Council Members Want Mayor de Blasio to Fix School Discipline Code, Which They Say is Biased
Monday, July 7, Erin Durkin, Daily News
City Council members are pushing Mayor de Blasio to overhaul the discipline code for city public schools and cut down on suspensions.
In a letter to de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, five pols are seeking to end suspensions for what they call vague and poorly defined infractions that unfairly target black and Latino males.
“Stop-and-frisk has disproportionately criminalized young men of color on the streets of our city, and harsh disciplinary practices are doing the same thing in our public schools,” they wrote. “It’s unfair and it’s wrong.”
The authors — City Councilmen Ritchie Torres, Rafael Espinal, Antonio Reynoso, Donovan Richards and Carlos Menchaca — say they “have experienced these biases firsthand.”
A city Education Department spokeswoman said the administration has been meeting with advocacy groups and educators to address the issue.