The Department of Education released statistics on Oct. 31 showing that suspensions declined by 15 percent in the 2015–16 academic year.
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
The trend is in the right direction, but in the end, it is not about the numbers. Success should not be measured by the number of suspensions, but by the number of schools with an improved school climate. Success is when every child who is struggling gets the intervention they need when they need it, and in a way so that the rest of the students in his or her class don’t suffer by having their education interrupted.