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Truth Commission on School Suspensions, Policies
May 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
At East High School, 820 Northhampton St., Buffalo, NY. Held by VOICE-Buffalo.
The Truth Commission will focus on the injustice of school suspensions, highlighting data as well as best practices, and hearing from directly impacted students and parents in our community. School suspensions are used by the Buffalo Public School System as a means of social control, not unlike incarceration is used in the criminal justice system. And we know that school suspensions do not address the underlying problems that lead to bad behavior but actually intensify those problems.
While African Americans make up 47% of student enrollment, they make up 69% of the suspensions. Short-term suspensions have been over 8,000 per year for the last 5 years; they exceeded 10,000 in recent years. Long-term suspensions have exceeded 2,000 per year in recent years. These numbers are unreasonable and unjust.
An alternative to school suspensions is Restorative Practices. The School Board has adopted Restorative Practices in the Buffalo Schools Code of Conduct. However, despite the implementation of the Code of Conduct, our schools continue to condition our children for incarceration, and restorative practices are not used as an alternative to suspension for nonviolent offenses. We must stand as a community to address the actual problems that prohibit our kids from learning.
School Board Elections are taking place May 7th. Any registered voter living in the City of Buffalo can vote in this election, yet historically this election has a voter turnout of 4%. Such a low turnout for such a critical election is appalling, and speaks to how we’ve reached such devastating numbers and policies in our schools. The goal of the Truth Commission is to develop an understanding of how candidates envision improving conditions within Buffalo Public Schools.
With the upcoming School Board Elections taking place on May 7th, 2019, it is crucial for the community to participate in this election and put the vote behind supportive people and policies in our schools. We must stand together to address the actual problems that prohibit kids from learning. A CITY THAT INVESTS IN ITS CHILDREN, INVESTS IN ITS OWN PROGRESS!