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With the NYC Department of Education’s newest Discipline Code, released today, the city has taken great steps to restrict the use of suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade. We commend these restrictions as well as the revisions made to the Code that introduce opportunities for early reinstatement and reduce the availability of the expulsion option. At the same time, CDF-NY calls on the DOE and the City of New York to ensure the accessibility of disciplinary alternatives. Restorative justice in particular, mentioned in the Code’s range of possible interventions, remains limited to too few schools and districts across the school system.
April 19, 2017
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
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
Right now Congress is considering changes to the ACA and Medicaid. The changes would undo more than 50 years of progress made expanding comprehensive child-appropriate health coverage to millions of children. An analysis of NYSDOH data from October 2016 reveals that 54% of New York children are covered by either Medicaid or Child Health Plus (CHP).2 This means a majority of New York children have a significant stake in the policy proposals that impact Medicaid or CHP.
March 9, 2017
Resource Guide for Faith Leaders in New York State. Across the religious spectrum, people of faith can draw on the texts and teachings of their religious traditions to hear and respond to the holy and eternal call for love and justice that urges special care and protection for children – especially those who are most vulnerable.
March 2, 2017
Three Ways to Take Action to #RaisetheAgeNY in 2017 Did you know that New York is one of only two states where all young people ages 16 and 17 are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, regardless of the offense?
March 2, 2017
Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), and cut Medicaid and other healthcare programs for kids. Currently, more than 97% of New York children have healthcare coverage because of the ACA, Medicaid, and other programs for children.
February 2, 2017
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
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
November 30, 2016
NYC School Discipline Code, http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/DisciplineCode/default.htm
NYC School Chancellor’s Regulations, http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ChancellorsRegulations/default.htm
Joint “Dear Colleague” Letter, U.S. Department of Justice & Education, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201401-title-vi.html
Model Code on Education and Dignity, Dignity in Schools Campaign, http://www.dignityinschools.org/our-work/model-school-code
New York State Education Department, Public Data Access Site, http://data.nysed.gov/
NYC Department of Education, NYC Data, http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/data/default.htm
Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York, http://www.dignityinschools.org/dsc-ny
The Student Safety Act Data, NYCLU, http://www.nyclu.org/schooltoprison/ssa