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  • NYC school suspensions spiked 13% last year, returning to pre-pandemic levels

    Jan 8, 2024

    Suspensions spiked in New York City last year. Students and advocates, pictured here in 2016, protest the city's suspension policies.
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    Chalkbeat NY | But some advocates worry that schools will soon have fewer resources at their disposal to address student behavior without resorting to suspensions. The city has used one-time federal relief funding to hire hundreds of social workers and expand funding for restorative justice programs, which prioritize peer meditations and other methods of talking through conflicts. Those programs are on the chopping block next school year as federal relief money runs out. Department officials have not said whether they are looking for alternate funding.

    “With each of these, we continue to be concerned about the expiration of federal funding and what that will mean for support for students,” said Randi Levine, policy director at Advocates for Children. “It’s important for students to have access to mental health professionals who can help work with students and help address student behavior.”