'Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies'

'Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies'

Discipline policies at many New York City charter schools so broadly permit suspending and expelling students as to violate students' rights and the law, a report from the finds. The report, (31 pages, PDF), reviewed 164 discipline policies from 155 of the 183 charter schools operating in the city and found that 82 of them permit suspension or expulsion as a penalty for lateness, absence, or cutting class; 133 do not include the right to written notice prior to a suspension; 52 do not include the right to alternative instruction during suspension; and 36 do not include additional procedures for suspending or expelling students with disabilities — all in violation of state and/or federal law. The report notes that research has shown suspended students are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, exhibit behavioral problems, and become involved with the juvenile justice system. Funded by , the report calls on charter school authorizers, the Board of Regents, and the state legislature to ensure that charter school discipline policies protect students' rights and comply with the law, require data collection on suspensions and expulsions, and promote best practices.