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This striking report shows that middle and high school students in New York City and Los Angeles are frequently ignored and mistreated in their classrooms, and subjected to harsh discipline policies that punish, exclude and criminalize them. The report uses a human rights framework to document the use of suspensions, law enforcement and other punitive disciplinary strategies that ignore students' educational and emotional needs. Schools with the most repressive policies are overwhelmingly under-resourced, overcrowded and primarily attended by low-income students of color.
Author: Elizabeth Sullivan
Sullivan, E. (2007). Deprived of dignity: Degrading treatment and abusive discipline in New York City & Los Angeles Public Schools. New York, NY: National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.