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School Equity

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Disciplinary policies throughout schools across the country affect children of color at disproportionate rates. Black students, in particular, are three times more likely to get suspended or expelled compared to their white counterparts — increasing their risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Roughly 1 in 5 students in classrooms across the country do not have access to a school counselor, with many opting for a higher police presence in learning institutions that leaves children vulnerable to potential arrest (or escalated disciplinary action) instead of restorative alternatives.

Current initiatives

  • Advocate on behalf of parents and families for equitable treatment of their children in school — including setting meetings with school and district officials to address shortcomings.
  • Champion and help school districts apply culturally responsive education (CRE) to celebrate diversity and inclusion through teaching, curriculum, instructional materials, and practices throughout educational systems.
  • Member of the WNY Public Broadcasting Association’s (WNYPBA) Educational Services Advisory Committee.
  • Reduce the police state and school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately impact children of color.
  • Support and advocate for New York to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Act that takes restorative approaches to discipline, promotes an inclusive and safe school environment, shortens the maximum length of suspension, limits suspensions for children in kindergarten through the third grade, require suspended students to receive academic instruction, and limits the role of law enforcement in schools.

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