Report: New York City Schools Increasingly Use Suspensions, Arrests


Black students account for almost 63 percent of all arrests in New York City schools, even though they make up only 28 percent of the city’s student body, and are more than four times as likely to be suspended than their white peers, according to a report released today.

And the rate at which students are suspended in the city's public schools has increased by about 40 percent since 2006, according to researchers for The New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force, which was led by former New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye.

The 45-member task force — which includes city officials, education and justice system experts — spent the last two years examining disciplinary issues in New York City's public schools.

During the 2011-12 school year, there were 69,694 suspensions and 2,548 summonses and arrests, according to the report. Nearly three quarters of all arrests were on misdemeanor charges.

Researchers note in the report that excessive reliance on suspensions and arrest leads to high rates of school and student failure.

Among the researcher's recommendations is that the city's next mayor develop an initiative that establishes a shared goal among agencies and courts to reduce suspensions and arrests, while ensuring safety at school.

Read the report HERE.

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