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School Safety in New York City: Policy, Practice, and Programs from 2002 to 2013

NCJ Number
Lama Hassoun Ayoub
Date Published
December 2013
17 pages
This brief describes changes in school safety policy, practice, and programs in New York City during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2013).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has been marked by numerous policy changes in the realm of school safety. This brief describes school safety policy for the incoming mayoral administration of Bill de Blasio as well as other stakeholders in New York City. It describes changes in school safety practice, policy, and programs during the previous administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to include: expanded partnership between the Department of Education and the Police Department; the Impact Schools Initiative; a more progressive response to discipline and dramatic changes to the Discipline Code; the Respect for All Initiative; expanded school safety technologies, including video surveillance. Each of these policies is described in detail. Several additional policy changes are described in Appendix A, including the Student Safety Act. Relevant State and Federal laws and policies are also described in Appendix B. This brief was funded by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Mayor's Office in late 2013. 3 figures and 33 references