REDUCING SUSPENSION DISPARITIES
LIAC recently launched the Reducing Suspension Disparities Program (RSDP) in Nassau County funded through a generous grant from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services. The program was conceived after a review of the data showed that, in Nassau County, black students are disproportionately suspended more than their peers.
Acknowledging that LIAC has long been a leader in the fight to reduce suspension disparities on Long Island, the RSDP allows LIAC to provide free legal representation, and education advocacy, to families who are facing disciplinary action by their schools.
LIAC works to ensure that schools treat all students fairly, students’ due process rights are protected, and students receive the services they need to thrive at school.
LIAC recognizes the damage that out-of-school suspensions cause. Students are removed from their school communities, ties are severed to trusted adults, and students are denied access to many of the crucial components of education.
Suspensions deprive students of school-based instruction and guidance. As we have all seen due to COVID-19, remote learning and home-instruction is not always an appropriate education.
Students need school-based learning, services, guidance, and support. LIAC will continue to advocate for academic engagement and a supportive environment for all, to ensure students receive what they need, and what they are entitled to, including the appropriate social-emotional, behavioral, and academic services, so they can thrive at school.
LIAC will continue to work toward disrupting the school to prison pipeline, allowing students to stay in school, learn, and become productive members of the community.
Want to learn more about our Reducing Suspension Disparities Program? Click here or contact LIAC attorney, Christine Bingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reducing Suspension Disparities Initiative has afforded LIAC the opportunity to coordinate with community-based service providers throughout Nassau County to advance the project, provide training to staff working with potential clients, and create space and opportunity to meet with affected families. LIAC continues to strive to bring critical information to communities most in need, be a resource for families, and empower the community by imparting knowledge. Contact Education Outreach/Advocate, Donna Shepherd, at email@example.com to discuss trainings and collaborations!