NYS ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE PASSES THE JUDGE JUDITH S. KAYE SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS BILL

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kesi Foster, 646.404.4947 kesi_foster@urbanyouthcollaborative.org

Urban Youth Collaborative Applauds Safe and Supportive Schools Bill Passage in NYS Assembly Education Committee

Albany, NY – Today, in response to the New York State Assembly Education Committee passing the Judge Judith S. Kaye Safe and Supportive Schools bill, the first step in transforming approaches to school discipline and dismantling New York’s school-to-prison pipeline, Kesi Foster, Coordinator of the Urban Youth Collaborative, released the following statement on behalf of this youth-led coalition:

“We would like to thank Assemblymember Catherine Nolan for her vision and leadership in bringing forth the country’s most progressive school discipline bill and Assemblymember Latrice Walker for her support and unwavering commitment for ensuring fairness and equity for all schoolchildren. The Judge Judith S. Kaye Safe and Supportive Schools bill will expand the use of restorative practices, limit the use of suspensions and expulsions, and reduce unnecessary interactions between young people and police in their schools. As we strive for educational equity and racial justice for all young people it is essential that the NYS Assembly passes Judge Judith S. Kaye Safe and Supportive Schools bill and we look forward to working with legislators and all stakeholders to help keep students in school, in class, and on a path towards graduation and success.”