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Press Statement: Solages Supports Solutions Not Suspensions Act- A5196

ALBANY, NYThe Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages (D-Elmont), released the following statement in support of Solutions Not Suspensions Act- A5196:

For far too long, schools in our state have turned to zero-tolerance school discipline policies, using punitive measures on young people, especially Black and Brown youth. Criminalizing normal youthful behavior has created a school-to-prison pipeline pushing students in front of police officers, prosecutors, and judges instead of guidance counselors, social workers, and principals. That is why it is so vital we pass the Solutions Not Suspensions Act now.

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