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Jan
13
2017
NYCLU: DOE Must do More to Keep Children in School

The New York City Department of Education today posted changes to its discipline code. The changes include measures designed to reduce suspensions for all children, especially the city’s youngest, but fall short of ending all suspensions for students in Kindergarten to second grade. The following statement is attributable to New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
9
2017
In State Addresses, Cuomo Must Announce Plans to Make New York a Progressive Leader

Governor Andrew Cuomo will lay out his vision for New York this week during a series of State of the State addresses beginning today. With just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the New York Civil Liberties Union urges Gov. Cuomo to put forth a plan that will safeguard New Yorkers from the threats to freedom posed by the incoming administration.

Dec
22
2016
Despite Lawsuit, Syracuse Jail Continues to Endanger Children with Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York requested an expedited order in district court today that would stop the Justice Center jail in Syracuse from subjecting children to solitary confinement. The request includes new evidence of abuses at the jail, and is part of a lawsuit filed in September by the NYCLU and LSCNY against the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and the Syracuse City School District.

Nov
20
2016
Governor Proposes Important Protections for New Yorkers Targeted by Hate Crimes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a list of proposals following the rise in hate crimes in New York since the last presidential election. His proposals included expanding New York’s Human Rights Law to protect children in public and private schools, and creating a “public-private legal defense fund” to provide immigrants with legal assistance who cannot afford it. The following statement is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Oct
31
2016
New City Suspension Data Shows Suspensions are Down but Racial Disparities Persist

The New York City Department of Education today released school suspension data for the full 2015-16 year. The numbers show that, while suspensions continue to decline, severe racial disparities persist, especially between Black and white students.

Sep
21
2016
Lawsuit: Syracuse Jail is Harming Children with Abusive Solitary Confinement Conditions

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York filed a lawsuit in district court today against the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office for locking up children ages 16 and 17, many of whom are mentally ill, in near-complete isolation in solitary confinement for months at a time. The children are sexually harassed by adults, housed in disgusting conditions, denied education and, in some cases, pushed to contemplating suicide.

Aug
26
2016
NYCLU Takes Action in Wake of Severe Dysfunction and Discrimination in East Ramapo Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed an appeal with the State Education Department Thursday challenging the refusal of the widely discredited East Ramapo School Board to seat Sabrina Charles-Pierre for the full two-year term to which she was duly elected in May. According to the NYCLU’s legal papers, this is just the latest example of the board’s dysfunction and consistent disempowerment of the school district’s largely Black and Latino public school community that had actively supported her candidacy.

Jul
21
2016
NYPD Releases Complete School Safety Data for First Time

The NYPD issued new school safety data today on the use of handcuffs and metal detectors in schools, and the number of arrests made by NYPD officers on school grounds, as required by amendments to the Student Safety Act passed last year.

May
19
2016
Settlement Ensures Refugee Children Can Go to High School in Utica

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York today announced a settlement agreement that protects immigrant students’ right to equal educational opportunities in Utica and provides a model for how New York school districts can ensure that English language learners are not segregated into inferior alternative programs without their full knowledge and consent.

May
17
2016
Immigrant Student Enrolling Today in Mamaroneck High School following Commissioner’s Order

The New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia issued an interim order yesterday requiring the Mamaroneck Union Free School District to enroll a 16-year-old immigrant student in its high school. The student, C.M., had only completed a middle school education in Guatemala and did not have a high school diploma, yet was barred from Mamaroneck High School and forced to travel to New Rochelle to attend his old high school. As a result of yesterday’s order, C.M. is enrolling in Mamaroneck High School this morning.

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