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A Community Conversation on Sexual Misconduct in NYC Schools

NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is invited guest

On Thursday, August 23, in downtown Brooklyn, The New York City Parents Union will hold a groundbreaking town hall meeting discussing "Sexual Misconduct in our Schools."

Local and national newspapers and media outlets have been reporting about the increase in sexual misconduct in NYC schools BUT nobody has come and engaged parents, families or the community about this very serious issue and the impact it has on our children, wrote Mona Davids, a union member. 

"We, the parents and community members want answers because it’s our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the schools. This town hall’s purpose is to get answers and for ALL of us to start working together to protect children," said Davids.

WHO:  The New York City Parents Union in partnership with The Connecticut Parents Union

WHAT:  Town Hall:  Sexual Misconduct In Our Schools-- A Community Conversation

WHEN:  Thursday, August 23, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Bklyn, NY

 Invited panelists: 

Campbell Brown, Journalist

Richard J. Condon, Special Commissioner of Investigation, NYC School District

Santos Crespo, President, DC 37-Local 372 (School Staff Workers Union)

Micah Lasher, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

Ernest A. Logan, President, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (Principal’s Union)

Zak Malamed, Activist, Student Voices

Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers (Teacher’s Union)

Ronald E. Richter, Commissioner, Administration for Children’s Services

Honorable Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education

SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP at: http://www.nycparentsunion.org/rsvp-for-town-hall-sexual-misconduct-in-our-schools

 We want to know:

  • Do parents have a right to know what is happening to and with their children in schools?
  • How do we protect OUR children from abuse and neglect?  
  • How do we protect OUR teachers and school staff from false allegations?
  • How do we prevent abuse and sexual misconduct from happening in OUR schools?
  • What is the reporting and investigation process when allegations of sexual misconduct are made?
  • Who and what is a “mandated reporter” under state and federal law?
  • When do the police get involved?
  • What is the Administration for Children’s Services’ role in investigating allegations of abuse and neglect within schools?
  • What is the principal and Department of Education’s responsibility in preventing, protecting and reporting allegations of sexual misconduct including overall misconduct by school officials in our schools?
  • What are some recommendations needed to ensure laws protect our children more effectively?

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