An Investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found that over a five year period Albany School District suspended one in eight students each school year, disproportionately affecting minority and disabled students. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came to an agreement with the Albany School District to ensure that school discipline policies are not discriminatory in nature and practice. A. G. Schneiderman took specific aim at the school-to-prison-pipeline which has obstructed vulnerable children from receiving services they need help to succeed.
This investigation is part of the Attorney General’s statewide reform efforts to reverse zero tolerance policies in schools districts, and ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and state education law. The Albany School District began making changes before and after the investigation to address the statistical disparities. The office of the Attorney General and the Albany School District will be working together to reduce the use of exclusionary discipline, and to encourage the use of alternative approaches.
To read more about the investigation and the reform efforts under taken by the New York Attorney General’s click here: A.G. Schneiderman Announces Agreement To Dismantle School To Prison Pipeline In Albany Schools
To read more about the public reaction in Albany to the investigation and reform efforts click here: Schneiderman: School to prison pipeline must be closed