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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.

May
4
2016
NYCLU Takes Action on Behalf of Immigrant Student Illegally Barred from School

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed an appeal on behalf of a 16-year-old student, asking the New York State Commissioner of Education to reverse Mamaroneck Union Free School District’s decision to bar the child from attending high school in the district. The decision violates the student’s right to an education under the New York State Constitution and could prevent him from obtaining the education to which he’s entitled.

Mar
31
2016
Suspensions Down, School Safety Up: New NYC Data

The New York City Department of Education today released data showing a significant drop in suspensions of New York City public schoolchildren. Between July 1 and December 31 of last year, suspensions fell 32 percent from the same time period in 2014. At the same time, city schools are safer than they have been in a decade, with NYPD data indicating that crime has dropped over 50 percent since 2004.

Jan
13
2016
Governor’s Progressive Agenda Deserves Support but Must Include Statewide Public Defense

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:

Dec
4
2015
NYCLU Denounces Bill to Fund Security Officers in Private and Religious Schools with Taxpayer Money

The New York City Council announced that its Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing this afternoon on Intro 65A, a bill to appropriate $20 million from taxpayer money to pay for security officers for private and religious schools. The following statement is attributable to Johanna Miller, advocacy director at the New York Civil Liberties Union: “We're extremely disappointed in our city council today for its widespread support of a scheme to divert tens of millions of dollars away from our struggling public school kids.

Nov
19
2015
School Discipline Settlement Underscores Harm to City Students and Importance of Reform

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP today agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of six New York City public school students who were punched, thrown, handcuffed for hours, verbally abused and wrongfully arrested at school by the NYPD School Safety Division.

Nov
2
2015
NYCLU Praises Mayor’s Roadmap to Reduce Punitive School Discipline

Mayor de Blasio today announced a roadmap to improve the climate in New York City public schools and end overly punitive school discipline policies that push students out of school, increase drop-out rates and unfairly impact students of color and those with special needs.

Oct
12
2015
NYCLU Kicks Off Week of Action to Teach Students their Rights During Suspensions

The New York Civil Liberties Union will kick off its annual Week of Action at the Washington Irving Education Campus in Manhattan from 7-8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 13. This year’s Week of Action will focus on students’ rights when facing suspensions. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, NYCLU volunteers will visit selected schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx before classes start and after the school day ends to speak with students and distribute Know Your Rights When Facing a Suspension palm cards.

Sep
29
2015
Amendments to Student Safety Act Are a Win for School Discipline and Student Well-being

The New York City Council is set to pass a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.

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