Steering Committee Member 2011 - Present | Chair, Pilot School Working Group 2012-2016
The New York Chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (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. DSC-NY develops policy recommendations to reduce suspensions and harsh school discipline, and also advocates for funding for Restorative Practices. The coalition members meet regularly with policy-makers, the Mayoral administration, and the Department of Education. We believe students, parents and educators have a right to participate in decision-making related to discipline policies in schools.
As a result of DSC-NY’s work over the past five years, we have seen a 23 percent decrease in suspension rates citywide. But there is still work to be done. There were still over 53,000 suspensions in the 2013-2014 school year and racial disparities in suspension rates remain, with Black students being suspended at the highest rates.
Coordinating Committee Member 2013-2017 | Co-Chair 2015-2017
Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation’s schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. As a national coalition, the Dignity in Schools Campaign builds power amongst parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform their own communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and fight racism and all forms of oppression. We bring together our members through direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and leadership development to fight for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.
Co-Sponsor | 2014-2018
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