Statement on New Anti-Bullying Initiatives from Families for Excellent Schools

Statement on New Anti-Bullying Initiatives 
New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools’ CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released the following statement in response to the announcement this morning that the New York City Department of Education will implement new anti-bullying initiatives.

Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO, Families for Excellent Schools:
“It’s long past time the city took steps to change what is a fundamentally broken system to address school bullying; this is what parents demanded more than eighteen months ago when they filed a class-action lawsuit and called for specific actions that the city is announcing today, including safety transfers and the bullying complaint portal.

However, in order to truly keep children safe, the city needs to commit to the full set of reforms that parents have demanded through litigation, including a comprehensive and accountable system to comply with state and federal bullying laws.”

Families for Excellent Schools is currently a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Education, along with 23 parents whose children have experienced bullying, harassment and abuse in city schools. The lawsuit, filed in April 2016, seeks to fundamentally change the way the DOE addresses school violence.
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