Students, Parents, Teachers to Redefine School Safety for the New Administration

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Maria Fernandez, Urban Youth Collaborative, 646-623-9905,
Shoshi Chowdhury, Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, 347-832-8391,
New York, NY – On Monday, November 18th at 5 p.m. the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York will be joined by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brian and local students, parents, and teachers for a panel discussion on how Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio can shift school discipline and safety policies in New York City to create safe and supportive school climates for all.

Panelists will discuss the impact of the Bloomberg administration’s heavy-handed policing and zero tolerance discipline policies that have driven children from the classrooms into the criminal justice system. These policies and practices disproportionately affect children in low-income communities of color and students with disabilities who are suspended and arrested at higher rates than their peers.  

Students and teachers will share solutions for positive approaches to school discipline, like counseling, mediation and restorative practices that keep students in school while holding them accountable for behavior.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (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.

What: Solutions Not Suspensions -workshop and panel discussion

Where: Talking Transition Tent: 6th Ave and Canal St

When: Monday, November 18th from 5-6 pm

Who:  Speakers will include:
Soledad O’Brian, Award-Winning Journalist
Cheyanne Smith, Student, Make the Road New York & Urban Youth Collaborative
Shikha Ranawat, Student, Desis Rising Up and Moving
Lawrence Booker, Student, Future of Tomorrow & Urban Youth Collaborative
Elana Eisen-Markowitz, Teacher, Teachers Unite

* Photo-op, and speakers will be available for interviews*