City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that the Department of Education is launching its first-ever Respect for All Week, designed to focus all City schools on the importance of promoting respect for diversity and fostering inclusive learning environments for their students. The Departments Respect for All initiative is New York Citys effort to combat bullying and harassment based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other characteristics.
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn in conjunction with the Department of Education, the New York City Police Department, and PAX, creators of the national violence prevention program, SPEAK UP, announced the launch of an anonymous hotline in New York City public schools, which will encourage students to come forward with knowledge of dangerous activity. This hotline run by PAX and will engage students to take charge and report if they see or know of a violent incident in their school or community. Participating schools will be part of this pilot program that will empower students to improve the safety of their schools and community, as well as provide information that will be used to hone the program for potential expansion.