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Jan
21
2015
Governor Outlines Important Criminal Justice Reforms, but Should Not Link DREAM Act to Private School Tax Credit

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
7
2015
NYCLU Commends End of Cell Phone Ban, Demands More Reforms in Schools

In response to press reports that the de Blasio administration will today end the ban on cell phones in New York City public schools, the New York Civil Liberties Union issues the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Dec
17
2014
Board of Regents, AG Take Important Step to Help Ensure Immigrant Kids Can Go to School

The Board of Regents and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday issued an emergency regulation to help ensure that immigrant children can attend school in New York State. The regulation comes after the New York Civil Liberties Union in October released a review that showed that many school districts across the state may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
31
2014
New School Suspension Data Shows Need for Overhaul of Discipline Policies

The New York City Department of Education today released new data on the number of school suspensions for the 2013-14 school year and its biannual report on the number of suspensions from January to June 2014, the first six month period of the de Blasio administration. The data for the 2013-14 school year indicates that school suspensions are at the same levels since the previous year, as are the disparities in school suspensions for black and Latino students and students with special needs.

Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU: New Albany Cyberbullying Bill Harms Youth

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter urging Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy to reject a new cyberbullying bill because of its significant potential to harm youth and criminalize their constitutionally protected speech, while also failing to reduce bullying. The bill, Local Law F of 2014, imposes criminal sanctions, including prison sentences and fines, on young people for engaging in broad categories of speech online.

Jul
1
2014
NY’s Highest Court Says Cyberbullying Criminal Law Goes Too Far

In a victory for free speech, the New York State Court of Appeals today struck down Albany County’s cyberbullying law, finding that it sweeps too broadly and criminalizes protected speech. The decision is important nationally as it is one of the first times any state’s highest court has taken on a law that makes it a crime to bully people online, ordinances that are becoming increasingly popular and overwhelmingly target children.

Jun
3
2014
New Report Highlights Urgent Need for School Discipline Reform

In response to School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System, a report released today by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman issued the following statement:

Mar
31
2014
Rise in School Suspensions Disappointing, but Hopeful New Administration Changing Course

New data released late Monday by New York City reveals a troubling rise in school suspensions during the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, according to the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union. But a dip in student suspensions since leadership of the schools shifted to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña may indicate the start of a culture shift toward a learning environment that is supportive of all students.

Mar
25
2014
NYCLU Calls on Legislature to Resist Scheme Giving Public Money to Private Schools

The leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union today called on the New York State Legislature and the governor to reject a Republican budget proposal that would provide $500 million in tax credits to those who donate money to support privately owned charter schools or students who attend private religious schools.

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