Petition Against the Misuse and/or Abuse of New York City Department of Education Public School Policy and/or Chancellor Regulations as it Concerns Disciplinary Action Against Students at P.S. 198 4105 FARRAGUT ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY, 11210. - Region 6/Distri sign now

ATTENTION:

Mr. Jean Claude Brizard - Regional Superintendent, Borough(s) Brooklyn Community School District(s) 17, 18, 22 , 5619 FLATLANDS AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11234, Phone: (718)-968-6131, Fax: (718)-968-6334, E-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers St., Rm # 320, B4, NY, NY 10007 Phone: (212)-374-5141, Fax: (212) 374-5763, E-mail: [email protected]

Michael Best, Esq., General Counsel to the Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street, Room 320, New York, New York 10007, Phone: (212) 374-0220, Fax: (212) 374-5588, E-mail: [email protected]

This Petition has been created to let it be known that the undersigned are against the misuse and/or Abuse of New York City Department of Education Public School Policy and/or Chancellor Regulations (a copy or reference to these regulations may be found at http://schools.nyc.gov/Administration/ChancellorsRegulations/default.htm as well as by request from the New York City Department of Education ) as it concerns Disciplinary Action Against Students at P.S. 198 4105 FARRAGUT ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY, 11210.

On December 21, 2006, the Chancellor Regulation A443 was violated by the principal of P.S. 198, Ms. Maryann Bassi, as she did not follow proper procedure before issuing a principals suspension to a P.S. 198 student, which specifically calls for a conference with the accused child and parent to discuss the matter as well as give the child the opportunity to present evidence to support his or her case. Regulation A443 calls for this meeting/conference before the suspension is issued to determine if a suspension is necessary and Ms. Bassi chose to ignore this New York City Department of Education Chancellor Regulation, thus violating the rights of the child and of the parent of the suspended child. Within the letter of suspension, Ms. Bassi did not issue a proper note that properly informs the parent of the rights of the student, including the right to appeal this decision, although proper procedure calls for the details and full disclosure of rights to be submitted within the letter of suspension to the parent. In fact Ms. Bassi excluded this information. Ms. Bassi noted specifically, and in writing, that there is no meeting/conference or appeal process for the charge (A-34) issued on the suspended student. However, as noted specifically in Chancellor Regulation A443 the student does have a right to a meeting/conference before the issuance of a suspension to make a proper determination as to whether a suspension should be issued after considering presented evidence, eyewitness reports and statements; including the right to an appeal should the suspension be carried out.

Ms. Bassi issued a principals suspension prior to an investigation into the matter that Ms. Bassi alleges initiated the suspension. Ms. Bassi was given eyewitness reports that supported the innocence of the suspended child before the issuance of the suspension and Ms. Bassi chose to ignore the overwhelming evidence to support the childs statement of innocence in this particular matter and Ms. Bassi chose to suspend him in spite of the evidence presented to her. Ms. Bassi has denied the parent of this child to review the eyewitness statements as well as retain copies of these statements submitted to her that specifically supports the childs innocence. Ms. Bassi has denied the child a proper meeting/conference to go over the evidence to revoke this suspension. Ms. Bassi has also allowed P.S. 198 staff members, teachers, volunteers and assistants to treat to verbal and physical abuse in the form of corporal punishment. Ms. Bassi has also retaliated against for submitting complaints of racial discrimination by P.S. 198 staff members, teachers, volunteers and assistants. Ms. Bassi has also carried out actions that would result in the academic failings, allowance of safety failures and/or crude violence against as a measure of retaliation for submitting grievances of racial discrimination as well as threaten to express these same retaliatory actions against students, teachers, staff members, volunteers or assistants that have tried to support. Ms. Bassi has also excluded from normal as well as critical academic activities as has been enjoyed by his peers and classmates. These actions are also against Statute Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Prohibition against exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted programs on ground of race, color, or national origin. No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

We the undersigned agree that these are the actions of discrimination against. Furthermore, those New York City Department of Education employees/staff/authorities, including principal Maryann Bassi, that do abuse these policies and/or Chancellor Regulations as well as retaliate against anyone that either issues a complaint or provides a supportive statement, or testifies or provides helpful information/direction/assistance or acts as a witness or signs a petition on behalf of the person noting the discrimination should be held accountable for their actions and disciplined to the full extent of the disciplinary code that governs their actions including but not limited to suspension, termination of employment, revocation of license to teach, instruct, supervise or hire. All suspensions and any other disciplinary action that has suffered as a result of discrimination by the principal, staff members, teachers, volunteers or assistants of P.S. 198 should be removed from school record effective immediately.

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