Civil Liberties Group Seeks Implementation of Bias Bullying Regs in Schools
(NEW YORK, NY, 7/2/09) ÂThe New York chapter of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR-NY) today called on the New York City (NYC)
Department of Education (DOE) to fully implement
ChancellorÂs Regulations A-832 that addresses
bias-based bullying and harassment in NYC public schools.
ÂWe call on the DOE to enforce standing
regulations concerning bias prevention in New
York City public schools,Â said CAIR-NY Civil
Rights Director Aliya Latif. ÂNo child should
feel unsafe to go to school because of his race, religion or national origin.Â
LatifÂs statement followed the release of a
report card issued by the Sikh Coalition, the
Coalition for Asian Children and Families and the
American Legal Defense and Education Fund that
found that ChancellorÂs Regulations A-832 was not being met on the ground.
Key findings included that students lacked
knowledge of how to report incidents of alleged
bias and schools failed to enforce preventative
measures and to follow-up after reporting.
SEE: Biased Based Harassment in New York City
Public Schools: A Report Card on the
Implementation of ChancellorÂs Regulations A-832
The report card was endorsed by a number of civil
rights groups, including CAIR-NY.
CAIR, AmericaÂs largest Islamic civil liberties
group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya
Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268,
firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs
Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041, email@example.com