News & Events

Feb 20

You may have seen the Mayor and Chancellor’s announcement on the Discipline Code this week...

Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY in calling for and end to racist discipline in New York City:

Monday, March 2
5pm Press Conference
6pm Hearing
High School of Fashion Industries
225 W. 24th Street in Manhattan

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END suspensions for “defying authority”
SUPPORT students before jumping to suspension
FUND Restorative Justice Coordinators and more PD!

Bring students, colleagues, loved ones—All are welcome!

Let us know you’re coming! Interested in testifying?
RSVP = anna@teachersunite.net

"Scientifically and socially we know that adolescents are "supposed" to push boundaries and make poor choices. When a student makes a mistake, it is an opportunity for real teaching and learning. When we suspend kids, we are only making the problem worse, and pushing them further into the school-to-prison-pipeline. Suspended students fall behind in school. Nothing is resolved through suspension, and in fact, the problems just get worse for the student and the school when no real support is given to deal with his or her issues. We must stop punishing students for being teenagers, and give them the support and interventions they need to learn, graduate, and grow into productive and positive citizens.” - TU member Nicole Riley in Dignity in Schools-NY's press release

Feb 9

Bronx Restorative Justice Meetup
Where: Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
928 Simpson Street, Bronx NY
Subway 2 to Intervale Ave, 6 to Hunts Point Ave
When: Wednesday, March 4th
4:00 to 6:00pm
All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, & community members
Food will be provided!
RSVP here
Contact: Katie@teachersunite.net

Jan 21

Students with disabilities comprise 12% of the NYC public school population, yet they receive 30% of suspensions city-wide. Come discuss strategies for ending the #School2Prison Pipeline in Special Ed and building the movement for #RestorativeJustice with all students.

This workshop will highlight Individualized Education Progam (IEP) Meetings as a site where educators can work with students, parents, and other school stakeholders to make all steps of this process more inclusive and restorative.

Saturday, February 7th
1:00 to 3:00 pm
@ Teachers College
Room GDH 279
525 W. 120th Street, NYC
1/A/C/D to 125th St.

All are welcome + Please RSVP Here

& Bring a snack to share!
Flyer attached below.

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Eat Ice Cream with Us!

Celebrate summer at our ...

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Friday, June 27th, 4-6pm
Stuyvesant Park (near 16th St. & Rutherford Place)

RSVP here so that we have enough ice cream for you!

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(Milk Not Jails is an economic alternative to the prison industry. It is a dairy marketing and distribution co-operative and a political campaign building an alliance for a sustainable and just regional economy. Milk, Not Jails is building a regional economy that depends on bringing city residents local, healthy food, not locking them up.)

Final Member Meeting of the School Year!

Workshop with Girls for Gender Equity: Gender Justice and School Pushout

Saturday, June 14th
12-2pm

YA-YA Network
224 W. 29th Street, 14th Floor
A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3 to 34th St.

School staff, students, parents—all are welcome!
Bring a snack or drink to share
Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Flyer attached below

POSTPONED!: DISCIPLINE CODE HEARING

In Friday's Gotham Gazette, Teachers Unite ally member & principal of the James Baldwin School Brady Smith calls on the Chancellor to take the lead on school discipline and eliminate suspension for "Defying Authority" in the Discipline Code.

"Last year in New York City schools, black students, who comprise less than a third of the student population, served more than half of the suspensions citywide. Students with disabilities, making up twelve percent of the student body, served a whopping thirty percent of principal and superintendent suspensions. Are our black students or students with special needs more disruptive, or more dangerous, than their white peers? No."

Read the whole Op Ed here, share far and wide, and join Teachers Unite members, students, parents, and advocates at the Discipline Code Hearing to call on the DOE to stop racial disparities in discipline & school-to-prison pipeline in NYC!

POSTPONED: Press Conference and Discipline Code Hearing


MS 131
100 Hester Street

B/D to Grand | J to Bowery | 6/N/Q/R to Bowery | F to East Broadway

4:45 PM Press Conference
5:30 PM Sign up for Giving Testimony
6-8 PM Discipline Code Hearing

Dignity in Schools Demands on Mayor, Chancellor and DOE:
- End Suspensions for “Defying or Disobeying Authority”, a minor misbehavior that is the second most common reason for suspensions
-Mandate Guidance Interventions, like counseling, mediation & restorative justice before suspension (except for the most serious behaviors)
-AND Provide Trainings to All School Staff on the purpose and use of Guidance Interventions to prevent and reduce conflict and disruption.

Students - Educators - Parents - Community Members: Come Speak Out!

Flyer attached: please share far and wide!
RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net

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June 19th Bronx School Visit

Bronx Restorative Justice School Visit

Come meet students, school staff, parents, and community members in the Bronx who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices

Thursday, June 19th
4:30 to 6pm

New Directions Secondary School
Taft Campus
240 East 172nd Street
Basement—Room B-50B
4 | B | D to 170th St.

School staff, students, parents—all are welcome! Flyer attached below.
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net

An Op Ed for Discipline Code Reform: May 30th

Principal to Chancellor: Take the Lead on School Discipline

By Brady Smith, Principal Co-Director of the James Baldwin School and ally member of Teachers Unite
Appears in the Gotham Gazette, 30 May 2014
Read the full thing here.

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"Our schools are learning places. They're not suspension places," said Chancellor Fariña to a room full of principals this past Saturday. Could this mean real change in the way we view students in the classroom?

In Los Angeles schools, they call it "willful defiance"; elsewhere, "insubordination." In New York City, "B21" or "defying or disobeying lawful authority" is the second most common reason students are suspended in school each day (based on the data we have available).

Last year in New York City schools, black students, who comprise less than a third of the student population, served more than half of the suspensions citywide. Students with disabilities, making up twelve percent of the student body, served a whopping thirty percent of principal and superintendent suspensions. Are our black students or students with special needs more disruptive, or more dangerous, than their white peers? No.

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