Earlier this month, the New York state Education Department, along with the office of the state attorney general, unveiled guidance for schools to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Kathleen DeCataldo, special advisor for the commissioner on Student Support Services, told Capital Tonight that the policies are meant to “make every child feel welcome, seen and heard.”

The diversity, equity and inclusion guidance comes from an obligation that schools have to factor it in when it comes to educational planning and decision-making. The three principles under the DEI standards are:

  • Ensure teaching and learning reflect the principles of diversity, equity, and  inclusion;
  • Address disproportionately punitive student disciplinary policies and practices;
  • Establish effective policies and procedures to prevent and respond to bullying and harassment