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“SUSPENDED FOR LIFE” takes an empirical look via real experiences at how Zero Tolerance Policies contained in the schools “Code of Conduct “disregards the rights of the student, especially students with disabilities. These policies are failing students everywhere including my residence of Syracuse New York. Statistically these unfair and biased “Zero Tolerance Policies” have led to very high suspension rates affecting mainly, inner-city students but overwhelmingly target students with IEPs, 504 Accommodations, the “untested but suspected LD student “ and the intellectually gifted student. Healthcare, Mental Health and Medical Privacy (HIPPA) now play large roles in school especially in decisions to suspend a student however coupled with a school districts Code of Conduct they have become a crucial aspect for suspension. Once you understand the link between a referral to “In-School-Suspension (ISSwarehousing students) or a referral for Out-of-School Suspension (OSS—push out of students) you will realize that in most cases suspension can lead directly to the prison industrial complex for our young women and men. Stopping this from happening to your student may depend on how well you are prepared to advocate for your child. We must not allow suspension to push out our children because ostensibly it may be ensuring them a life sentence of unemployment, crime, or even death. We say it starts at home with the parents, so if we can better understand our student’s rights and the rights we have as parents we can better prepare ourselves to advocate for our student and to hold the school district accountable for the Education of Our Children!
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The Information In This Book Was Use To File A Complaint With The New York State Attorney General Against The Syracuse City School District Disciplinary Policy...In Their Findings The NYSAG Said That Syracuse Has The Highest Suspension Rate In The Country With A 2 to 1 Ratio For Young Black Male...According To The AG Report The Information Used In This Book Has Set A Precedent For Those Who Have The Same Problem With Their School System Disciplinary Policies... Twiggy Billue, A Legendary South Side Activist And Children’s Advocate For More Than 20 years, Was The Recipient Of The 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Award And The 2014 Ralph Kharas Award For Distinguished Service In Civil Liberties. The Kharas Award Is Named After A Former Dean Of Syracuse University College of Law...This Book Is A Parental Guide In Helping You Understand I.E.P. And How It Relates To Children With Learning Disabilities...A Must Read