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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
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.

Mar
19
2014
NYCLU Expands Lawsuit Challenging Taser Abuse in Syracuse Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today expanded its lawsuit challenging abuse of Tasers by the Syracuse Police Department in Syracuse City schools. The new plaintiff was a 12th grader when he was shot with a Taser three times while lying on the floor and crying because he was afraid he might not graduate with the rest of his class.

Feb
11
2014
NYCLU Applauds Central Islip School Board for Rejecting Sex-Specific Policy for Homecoming Queen and King Nominees

The Central Islip School Board last night voted down a proposal to require nominees for Homecoming King to be male and Homecoming Queen to be female. The Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union applauded its decision. The proposal came after a local church group filed a petition to the school board after a lesbian student at Central Islip High School, Faith Shepherd, ran for and won the title for Homecoming King as a statement for gender equality and to support transgender individuals.

Jan
8
2014
School Discipline Reforms Vital; NYCLU Applauds New Federal Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice today released strong guidance directed at reforming school discipline nationwide. For the first time, the federal government has explicitly acknowledged the effects of racially disproportionate school discipline – and that current practices violate federal civil rights law. The guidance prescribes measures to address inequities, by increasing training and requiring protocols that will limit the involvement of law-enforcement personnel, including school safety officers, in disciplinary matters.

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