As a reporter, I think the best place to start is exposing what is going on.
So, thanks to Karen Matthews, we now have the teacher test under review.
See Alexandra Miletta's blog as well:
Similarly, kids and parents are discriminated against. Racial discrimination in the suspension of children is city-wide in New York City. Please someone dismantle the superintendent suspensions process! I did suspension hearings for parents and their children for 9 years, mostly out of the Manhattan suspension hearing office at West 125th Street. During those 9 years how many white kids did I see at the hearing office?
Think about it.
I wrote this in 2011:
Alyce Barr, Principal From Hell, Suspends Student After Denying Student Any Lunch, And Taking Her Locker, And There Is Nothing The Parent Can Do
I usually got the student back to school immediately, for a manifestation determination meeting and re-instatement, but major damage had already been done to the student in terms of self-esteem, student records, and denial of a free and appropriate public education.
When my advocacy calendar for teachers became very busy, I decided that I could no longer do the suspension hearings and the Impartial Hearings, so I continue to do Impartial Hearings, but now refer all parents whose child has been given a superintendent's suspension to the Suspension Representation Project out of New York University, my alma mater.
My final act was I called the police on Supervising Attorney Shirley Rowe, a person whose ethics and professional conduct should get her disbarred for racial discrimination and violations of Federal laws designed to protect minority children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). My opinion, from watching her and all the hearing officers for 9 years on West 125th Street.
See what changes can be made:
Educators and students help lead the charge in New York’s ‘Raise the Age’ criminal justice campaign
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