School Safety:

  • The NYPD School Safety Division will assess which schools may be ready to have their metal detectors removed and will follow up with a report to the Council.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding of policies and protocols within NYPD and Department of Education and promote de-escalation are currently in progress.

Working towards ending zero tolerance policies:

  • Currently, several changes and updates to the Discipline Code are being proposed. The Council is tracking the progress.

Pregnant and/or Parenting Students:

  • The Council is currently exploring the possibility of creating safe spaces for nursing student-parents to breastfeed in DOE schools.
  • The Council increased the current investment in restorative justice programs in schools by $1.3 million, including professional development for school wide staff and administrators.
  • The Council grew the capacity of community-based organizations who provide leadership development opportunities for young people by providing $966,000 to 16 organizations.

Promoting Culturally Responsive Education and Encouraging Tolerance:

  • The Council will allocate more than $500K to expand the Critically Conscious Educators Rising Series, offering professional development on culturally responsive education, to approximately 360 educators in 180 public schools who will examine privilege, racism, and classism as those concepts relate to education, and develop strategies to make their lessons culturally responsive.
  • The Council will support new teachers by collaborating with Border Crossers, an organization that provides training focused on discussion on race in the classroom and unconscious bias.

Promoting Culturally Responsive Education and Encouraging Tolerance:

  • The Council will pass a resolution calling upon New York State to convene a task force to assess the cultural relevance of State learning standards across subject areas in elementary, middle, and high school, and explore the grounding of standards in core content that challenges racism, ableism, sexism, and is LGB and TGNC-affirming.

Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health:

  • The Council will pass legislation creating a task force to review the current recommended sexual education curriculum and the implementation of sexual health education in New York City schools, and to make recommendations for improvement and expansion. The task force will include experts in sexual health education, teacher and student representatives, and LGBTQ experts, and will seek input from parents and other community stakeholders.
  • The Council will pass a resolution calling upon New York State to pass the Reproductive Health Act