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AFC Commends the City Council’s Leadership on Amendments to the Student Safety Act

09.29.2015 | Advocates for Children of New York applauds the City Council’s efforts to make New York City a model for the rest of the country in publicly reporting school discipline and police department activity in public schools.  The City Council is expected to vote tomorrow to pass amendments to the Student Safety Act that require the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and New York City Police Department (NYPD) to report more robust information related to student suspensions, arrests, and summonses in school and post the information on their respective websites.   

“We are grateful to the City Council for its leadership on this important bill, which will bring to light data necessary to the public understanding of how students are disciplined and arrested in the city’s schools,” said Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York.  “We have represented students in suspension proceedings for decades and have long noted troubling racial disparities and other patterns that called for changes in policy and practice.  This law allows schools, government agencies, and the public to see what’s happening and come together to make changes where they are desperately needed.”

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