“Crown Heights Middle School Getting Special Staffer to Lower Suspensions”, DNA Info
CROWN HEIGHTS — A struggling Crown Heights middle school is about to get a full-time staffer to help them resolve conflict in the classroom and drive down the school’s suspension rate, officials said.
Ebbets Field Middle School (M.S. 352) has struggled with discipline issues in recent years, advocates said, suspending 88 students — at a rate of 30 out of every 100 students — in the 2013-2014 school year, according to the most recently available Department of Education data analyzed by the NYCLU, which monitors suspension and arrest data in the city.
At the same time, 60 percent of students, parents and teachers who said they don’t think the school maintains “order and discipline,” according to a city survey last year. It was also among the 94 struggling “community schools” flagged by the city last year to receive extra funding and support.
But starting in November, a “restorative justice coordinator” will seek to address that, thanks to a pilot program launched by Partnership with Children, an education nonprofit chosen to work with schools to reduce traditional disciplinary measures like suspensions in high-poverty areas.
Read more about Partnership with Children’s role in bringing a Restorative Justice Program to Ebbets Field Middle School here.