Disproportionality and Punishment: A CRE Approach to School Discipline

A student walking alone up a flight of school house stairs

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) recently released its annual data report on school discipline for the 2017-2018 school year. Following a trend of three consecutive years since data have been reported, Black and Latinx New York City public school students were once again disproportionately suspended last school year. Despite comprising 67 […]

Retention, Responsiveness, and Parent-Teacher Communication

Retention conversations express dysfunctional parent-teacher communication strategies and place certain students at greater risk of negative outcomes. Many parents will receive unhappy news about their children’s academic, emotional, and social development from teachers and other school professionals at some point in their children’s school lives.  As a former teacher of self-contained special education classes in […]

Success Academy Charter Network Suspension Factory

Success Academy is a reflection of how the educational system in America negatively impacts certain student groups. In response to the Success Academy charter network suspension debacle, I am choosing to speak to all educators in America since the Success Academy experience mirrors the educational public school system in the United States. To all educators, […]

“Are my students at risk?” Measuring Disciplinary Disproportionality

It is a well-established fact that Black students in the United States are more likely than other students to receive disciplinary referrals, and be suspended or expelled from school.   For example, the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection notes that in 2013, Black students comprised 26 percent of all students in New York […]