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Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Public Safety Oversight Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Preliminary Budget

CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, speaking to the need to restore and expand funding for the Council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million in FY2018.

March 30, 2017

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Education Oversight Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Preliminary Budget

CDF-NY submits testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget, with an urgency to restore and expand funding for the council’s Restorative Justice Initiative to $5 million.

March 21, 2017

Comments for the Office of Safety and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education Re: The Draft New York City School Discipline Code

CDF-NY testifies on proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct calling on the New York City Department of Education to take additional steps to foster safe and supportive schools, further reduce the use of suspensions, and lessen disparities in the use of exclusionary discipline by race, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

January 30, 2017

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

CDF-NY submits testimony on teacher recruitment and retention, with aims to encourage restorative supports for teachers that can result in positive school climates, higher student engagement, lower rates of absenteeism, dropout, and pushout, and increased teacher retention.

January 24, 2017

Testimony on Educational Services for Detained Placed and Incarcerated Youth.pdf

November 30, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Disconnected Youth

CDF-NY submits testimony on Disconnected Youth focusing on preventing disconnection through restorative educational strategies that counteract school pushout and promote student engagement.

November 22, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in NYC Schools

CDF-NY testifies on Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in NYC Schools with recommendations for promoting restorative methods of addressing and preventing harm and harassment in schools.

October 19, 2016

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund-NY: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

CDF-NY Submits Testimony on Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs, encouraging the DOE and Council to support CTE schools in creating positive climates for learning that do not set students on a path of disengagement from school.

September 21, 2016

Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline Releases Second and Final Phase of Recommendations

July 18, 2016

New York State Assembly Hearing on Criminal Justice May 2015

Assembly Standing Committee on Codes Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary Assembly Standing Committee on Correction New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus

May 7, 2015

City Budget Testimony 2015

March 24, 2015

CDF-NY Public Protection Hearing Testimony

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Public Protection 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 26, 2015

CDF-NY’s Testimony on FY2015 Budget Provisions Related to Human Services

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Human Services 2015 - 2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 14, 2015

Board of Correction ESHU Dec 2014

December 19, 2014

Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Regarding Enhanced Supervision Housing

December 19, 2014

Fire and Criminal Justice Services, and Juvenile Justice Testimony

October 8, 2014

Solitary Confinement Testimony NYS Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights

July 10, 2014

City Council Testimony: Young Women in New York City’s Juvenile Justice System

June 17, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony June 2014

June 12, 2014

Close to Home Initiative Non Secure Placement Hearing Testimony

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start , a Head Start , a Fair Start , a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

May 8, 2012

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