Jay Arzu, a member of Sistas and Brothas United, speaks to the disparities among NYC Public Schools where some few lucky students are treated with fairness and dignity while others have to deal with harsh disciplinary practices.
Sistas and Brothas United
Re-release of Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), Public Counsel Law Center, and the Mental Health Advocacy Services' report, "Redefining Dignity in Our Schools: A Shadow Report on School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation in South Los Angeles, 2007-2010."
Donning bright blue academic regalia and white sunglasses on her head, Community Rights Campaign youth member Tekoah Flory looked ready to walk across the stage to receive her high school diploma.
Yet, this wasn’t a graduation ceremony. The students next to her weren’t all clad in the same colored gowns.
Damon Hewitt, a lawyer with the NAACP - Legal Defense Fund in New York, talks about some of the root causes of school pushout and the importance of civic initiatives like the Dignity in Schools Campaign.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY
Kabir Ahmed, a youth organizer with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), talks about some of the effects of school pushouts on students.
The DSC believes that schools are pushing children out of school by placing arbitrary rules before children’s education and treating children as “problems” to be dealt with rather