Legal Aid Supports Recommendations Of The NYC School-Justice Partnership Task Force
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

The New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has issued comprehensive recommendations aimed at keeping more students safely in school while reducing the use of suspensions and school based summonses and arrests. The Task Force was convened by former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, and Nancy Ginsburg, the Director of The Legal Aid Society's Adolescent Intervention and Defense program in the Society's Criminal Practice represents the Society in this initiative.

Steven Banks, the Society's Attorney-in-Chief, said that the Task Force's recommendations "urge New York City to move in a direction that will keep more of our students safely in school and fewer of our students excluded by punitive disciplinary responses." Banks added that "the recommendations rightly focus on the need to improve our school system’s capacity to support struggling students. Over-reliance on exclusionary, criminal responses to normative child and adolescent behavior has failed; it has resulted in pushing students out of school without creating safer schools. We are hopeful that, starting now, New York City's school system will engage and support students in school and resort to court referrals for only the most serious cases. Even in those cases, schools must continue to work with those students in school settings."