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ERIC Number: ED535868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Bullying in New York City Schools: Educators Speak out, 2009-2010
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
On September 3, 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced Chancellor's Regulation A-832, which established a procedure for preventing and addressing student-to-student bias-based harassment in New York City public schools. Community members and advocates stood with the mayor and chancellor as they announced this important step to improve school climate for all students. Throughout the 2008-09 academic year, community groups, led by the Sikh Coalition, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and New York City Bar Association monitored and assessed the new regulation's enforcement. That year, they surveyed more than 1,000 students and educators in New York City public schools, and discovered a wide gap between the regulation's promise and the reality of student experiences. A report summarizing their findings, entitled "Bias-Based Harassment in New York City Public Schools: A Report Card on the Department of Education's Implementation of Chancellor's Regulation A-832," was released on June 30, 2009 at a press conference in front of the Department of Education (DOE) headquarters. During the 2009-2010 school year, the organizations continued to monitor the implementation of Regulation A-832 as well as the Respect for All program. Rather than survey students again about the regulation's implementation, they chose to survey teachers, who are at the frontlines of ensuring that city schools have safe, respectful climates. In all, they surveyed about 200 teachers and other school staff members from 117 schools to gather valuable anecdotal input on the DOE's progress employing its anti-bullying measures. This report summarizes the findings from the 2009-2010 survey and provides an assessment of Chancellor's Regulation A-832 in second year. It is hoped that it will provide a road map for improving compliance with Regulation A-832 and expanding Respect for All programming, as well as encourage the DOE to quickly come into compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act, a new state law that requires schools to take affirmative measures (training, counseling, education) to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Appended are: (1) Numbers; (2) Methodology; and (3) Notes. (Contains 22 notes.) [This paper was co-created with the Sikh Coalition and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).]
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 99 Hudson Street 12th Floor, New York, NY 10013. Tel: 212-966-5932; Fax: 212-966-4303; e-mail: info@aaldef.org; Web site: http://www.aaldef.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Identifiers - Location: New York