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As City Leaders Contemplate Changes to Discipline Code, Students Call for End to Suspensions for “Defying Authority”

September 3rd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

As City Leaders Contemplate Changes to Discipline Code, Students Call for End to Suspensions for “Defying Authority”

(New York, NY)— The Chancellor and city leaders made public today that they need more time to develop an ambitious set of school discipline reforms that will reduce suspensions and support all students in succeeding. Following that news, the Urban Youth Collaborative, New York City’s leading youth organizing coalition, released the following statement:

“We are extremely pleased that the administration is considering this package of reforms carefully and are hopeful that we will see it soon.  We also believe that any strong package of reforms must include ending suspensions for ‘defying authority.’ Students like me are just trying to get an education. We are not criminals and should not be pushed out of school. We need this change,” said Nicole Cadena, NYC High School Student and Make the Road New York/ Urban Youth Collaborative Leader

Under the current discipline code, thousands of students are suspended each year for ‘Defying Authority’, listed as Infraction B21.  Last school year, an average of 40 students were suspended for this infraction each day of school.

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