Publications, Testimony & Resources

New York City Department of Education Releases Revised Discipline Code, the “Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning”

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

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

November 30, 2016

CDF-NY Urges the City to Address Continuing Disparities in School Discipline and Encourage Schools to Utilize the Least Exclusionary Discipline Options

November 9, 2016

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning

August 8, 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

Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Regarding Enhanced Supervision Housing

December 19, 2014

Board of Correction ESHU Dec 2014

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

JJC LGBTQ Work Group Girls in JJ

June 17, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony June 2014

June 12, 2014

Testimony 6.12 NYC DOE Discipline Code Hearing

We call upon the DOE to engage in a public campaign regarding the importance of using positive alternatives to zero tolerance discipline... We believe that it is critically important that DOE promote the need positive alternatives much more publicly.

June 5, 2012

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

Raising New York’s Age of Criminal Responsibility

December 31, 2011

Testimony 11.11 NYC DOE City Council Hearing

When we consider the needs of the approximately 1.1 million children served in our city's schools, we know that much more remains to be done to ensure that training initiatives become more than just ad hoc programs utilized by a handful of schools. We must reduce suspensions by investing in meaningful reforms that will ensure that New York City's more than 1,600 schools can cap the pipeline that is funneling too many of our city's children toward failure, unemployment, and incarceration.

November 30, 2011

Youth and Community Justice Tool-Kit

Policy failures in these area have long-term effects on youth and communities. However, youth and community voices are often missing at decision making tables. We firmly believe that those who are most affected by policy successes or failures are the best advocates for change in our communities. Recognizing the proverbial “full plates” that educators must balance, we compiled this Youth and Community Justice Tool-kit to offer educators easily-accessible information and interactive ways to teach it to their young people.

January 1, 2011

New DC Juvenile Facility

Fenty's efforts and Schiraldi's operational philosophy have now come together to produce a dramatic new 60-bed center, the District of Columbia New Beginnings Youth Development Center, in Laurel, Maryland.

May 1, 2009