The New York Civil Liberties Union, Make the Road New York, the Urban Youth Collaborative and their partners in the Student Safety Coalition today joined Councilman Robert Jackson in introducing legislation that would bring transparency and accountability to the massive police presence in New York City’s schools. “We urge the City Council to pass this sensible legislation quickly,” said Donna Lieberman, NYCLU executive director. “The Student Safety Act will shed much-needed light on police practices in our classrooms. It is a good first step toward establishing school safety procedures that promote learning instead of intimidation and unwarranted arrests.” The Student Safety Act would require quarterly reporting by the Department of Education and NYPD to the City Council on school safety issues, including incidents involving the arrest, expulsion or suspension of students, and a breakdown of information by students’ race, sex, and disability status. It also would expand the jurisdiction of the Civilian Complaint Review Board to include complaints against school safety agents, NYPD employees who have not had the rigorous training required to work in a school environment, yet patrol the schools and have the power to frisk, search and arrest students.
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