Superintendent Contreras Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing on School Discipline

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Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras served as a panelist on Tuesday, March 3rd to discuss the recent Congressional briefing “From the Police Precinct to the Principal’s Office: The Challenges Facing School Districts One Year After the Release of Federal School Discipline Guidance.”  The panel discussion explored the on-the-ground efforts to reform discipline practices and the challenges facing school districts as they try to improve school climates. 

Joining Superintendent Contreras on the panel were: Kim Anderson, Senior Director, Center for Advocacy & Outreach, National Education Association, Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA, Angela Ciolfi, Legal Director, Just Children Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, Marsha Weissman, Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives and Larry Dieringer, Executive Director, Engaging Schools.  Mr. Dieringer served as the moderator of the panel discussion.

Opening remarks were provided by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Education & Workforce Committee, and Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.  The hearing is important as school districts continue to wrestle with the need to implement new approaches to discipline, lowering suspension rates and reversing the trend of disproportionate suspensions.

The Syracuse City School District and Superintendent Contreras were the only school district participating in the Congressional briefing.  The district is one of several school districts across the country that has taken leadership in the groundbreaking work to implement more effective and fair discipline practices, while working to end the deleterious school-to-prison pipeline.

Read more about the Congressional briefing here.