Disproportionate School Suspensions Attract the Attention of a New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer

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A new report recently released on high school suspensions has attracted the attention of New York civil rights violation lawyers like David Perecman, as well as education groups and leaders. The study was conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the Student Safety Coalition. The study reveals that black students and special education students are more likely to be kicked out of class.

Approximately 33 percent of New York City students are black, but black students served over half of the New York City school suspensions. Also in the report: black students typically serve longer suspensions and are more likely to be suspended for “subjective” misconduct. Subjective misconduct includes profanity, insubordination, and other behavior deemed disruptive and disrespectful in New York. Civil rights violation lawyer Perecman notes that these acts are the kind that used to be punished with a visit to the principal’s office or detention.

Overall, suspensions served by New York City students have significantly increased in the past decade.

One of the problems with suspending students is that studies show that students who are suspended repeatedly tend to drop out of school. Critics call this system the School to Prison Pipeline, and Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over thirty years, can understand why.

Said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman, “Any time an individual’s civil rights are violated or are perceived to be violated, it is a serious concern that must be addressed. All students deserve the same access to quality education on an equal basis across the United States."

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