Principal William Jusino of Progress High School at the NYCLU press conference. (<em>GothamSchools</em>)
Many city schools rely on metal detectors, security guards, and zero-tolerance policies to keep discipline under control. They don't have to, according to a new report about alternate strategies to keep schools safe.
The report, produced by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, highlights six city high schools that stop problems before they start, help students resolve their own disputes, and keep police out of all but the most serious incidents. The schools range in size and how students are admitted, but they all post higher-than-average graduation rates, the report says.
"There is no cookie-cutter solution" to replicating the gentler approach to discipline, said NYCLU policy director Udi Ofer at a press conference today. But he said getting rid of metal detectors, currently in place at about 130 city schools, is a good place to start.