Last Thursday, the federal court in White Plains ruled that a prosecutor’s order to arrest the man violated the First Amendment.
It also ruled that the Village of Liberty must stand trial on claims that it had failed to adequately train its police officers about the First Amendment.
Districts across the state should heed the Commissioner’s decision and recognize that immigrant children have the same right to attend school as all other children.” Click here to read more.
A recent State Education Department investigation found that the East Ramapo School Board had unfairly prioritized the needs of Orthodox Jewish students who attend private and religious schools at the expense of Black and Latino students who attend the district’s public schools.
“Black and Latino children make up over 90 percent of public school students in East Ramapo, but the school board, dominated by the supporters of the Orthodox Jewish community, consistently shortchanges them in favor of white students who attend religious and other private schools,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
August 26, 2016 — The New York Civil Liberties Union filed an appeal with the State Education Department Thursday challenging the refusal of the widely discredited East Ramapo School Board to seat Sabrina Charles-Pierre for the full two-year term to which she was duly elected in May.
According to the NYCLU’s legal papers, this is just the latest example of the board’s dysfunction and consistent disempowerment of the school district’s largely Black and Latino public school community that had actively supported her candidacy.
September 28, 2016 — The New York State Commissioner of Education today ordered the Mamaroneck Union Free School District to permanently enroll a 16-year-old immigrant student, C. will no longer have to worry about being pulled out of school, but can just worry about his homework like the rest of his classmates,” said NYCLU Staff Attorney Jordan Wells.
M., who it had illegally sought to exclude, thanks to the New York Civil Liberties Union’s appeal on behalf of the student. “All children in New York have a right to learn and pursue the American dream.
I hope that by standing up for myself, other Americans will not be treated like criminals for complaining about their government with a few harmless words.” Click here to read more.
July 20, 2015 — The New York State Education Department today released official guidance for school districts across the state, a major step toward ensuring that transgender and gender nonconforming youth can access their right to an education.
“All children have the right to go to school so that they can get the education they need to become productive members of society,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.