Safe and Fair Schools

Improving school disciplinary policies will continue the positive citywide trend of safer schools with fewer suspensions as well as offer dedicated resources to reduce disparities and better support high-need schools and students.

  • Citywide, schools are becoming safer and suspensions are declining. Major crime in schools fell 25% and there were 36% fewer suspensions in 2014-2015 than in 2011-2012.
  • Despite this success, a high number of suspensions and arrests are concentrated in a small number of schools and disproportionately impact students with special education needs and students of color.
  • Just 10 school campuses account for 49% of all summonses and 19% of all arrests made by the School Safety Division. Although the average suspension rate is 4.8 per 100 students, the top 10 highest suspending schools (by rate) issue 63 suspensions per 100 students

The Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline has proposed a 10-step strategy to promote school safety while also reducing student arrests, suspensions, and summonses.

Read the complete recommendations in the report Safety with Dignity.


  1. Articulate a clear Mission Statement.
  2. Provide addition supports for the highest-need schools.
  3. Increase system-wide school climate supports.
  4. Improve citywide and school-level data collection and use.
  5. Implement protocols to improve the scanning process and remove scanners where appropriate.
  6. Make Collaborative Problem Solving the rule, not just the practice.
  7. Create teams to better connect students and families with community supports.
  8. Reduce disparities in disciplinary practices.
  9. Improve training of staff to better meet the needs of students with special needs.
  10. Promote transparency, consistency, and information sharing between schools receiving students via Safety Transfers and DOE Central.

Read the complete recommendations in the report Safety with Dignity.