Students and Parents to Rally at NYC DOE; Demand Changes to Discipline Code to Reduce Suspensions and Racial Disparities

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June 6, 2013
Contact: Shoshi Chowdhury, Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY, (347) 832-8391,

New York, NY – Today at 12:00 p.m. members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, will hold a rally and press conference, together with local lawmakers,  outside of the Department of Education on the steps of Tweed Courthouse to call for changes to the NYC Discipline Code. Members of the Campaign are concerned that the new draft of the Discipline Code lacks significant changes that would address the disproportionate suspension of students of color and includes 27 behavior infractions for which a student can be suspended for a full year.

In the 2011-2012 school year, while Black students made up only 28% of the student population, they received 53% of suspensions in New York City schools. Students, parents and teachers are demanding action now. We can't wait for the new mayor and a whole year to go by under the current punitive and ineffective discipline policies. We have solutions that work like peer mediation and restorative justice; it’s time to mandate and implement them citywide.

Later today, the Department of Education is holding a public hearing on the Discipline Code at 6pm at Stuyvesant High School to hear testimony from the public.

 WHO: Students, parents, educators and community leaders with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York; Chair of the City Council Education Committee Robert Jackson; representative of City Council Member Daniel Dromm.

WHERE: Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007.

WHEN: June 6 at 12:00 p.m.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York is a coalition of students, parents, educators, civil rights, students’ rights and community organizations, including: Advocates for Children of New York, Brooklyn Movement Center, 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, Make the Road New York, Mass Transit Street Theater, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee, Pumphouse Projects, Sistas and Brothas United, Teachers Unite, The Sikh Coalition, Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), YAYA Network, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Youth on the Move and Youth Represent.