Farley, Fahy Introduce Legislation That Allows for Community Service in Place of Suspension in Schools

Albany, N.Y. – Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) and Senator Hugh Farley (R-Niskayuna) have introduced legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place or in conjunction with suspension of students in public schools.

The bill (A.8509/S.6282) would amend the state’s education law to include a provision that allows for school administrators to provide the option of community service to students who violate the district’s code of conduct. The change in the law allows for superintendents to have

Currently, school administrators may impose a variety of penalties to students, including detention, in-school suspension, and out-of-school suspension for up to five days. Should a significant violation in a district’s code of conduct take place, the violation is then referred to the district’s superintendent. The superintendent’s only course of action is to provide a further suspension.

In certain situations, removing students from the school may be required in order to protect and preserve the safety and continuity of the learning environment for other students. However, in many cases, a prolonged absence from school can be counterproductive to the goal of schools: to prepare students to be contributing members of communities.

Assemblymembers Lupardo, McDonald, Jaffee, Galef, Clark, Tenney, Raia, Cook, Cahill, Walter, and Colton are co-sponsors. Assemblymembers Camara, Crouch, Duprey, Giglio, Gottfried, Lupinacci are multi-sponsors.