Suspended For Life

The Road To Unemployment Crime And Death

by C. Twiggy Billue



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/16/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781499041859
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781499041873
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781499041866

About the Book

“SUSPENDED FOR LIFE” takes an empirical look via real experiences at how Zero Tolerance Policies contained in the schools “Code of Conduct “disregards the rights of the student, especially students with disabilities. These policies are failing students everywhere including my residence of Syracuse New York. Statistically these unfair and biased “Zero Tolerance Policies” have led to very high suspension rates affecting mainly, inner-city students but overwhelmingly target students with IEPs, 504 Accommodations, the “untested but suspected LD student “ and the intellectually gifted student. Healthcare, Mental Health and Medical Privacy (HIPPA) now play large roles in school especially in decisions to suspend a student however coupled with a school districts Code of Conduct they have become a crucial aspect for suspension. Once you understand the link between a referral to “In-School-Suspension (ISSwarehousing students) or a referral for Out-of-School Suspension (OSS—push out of students) you will realize that in most cases suspension can lead directly to the prison industrial complex for our young women and men. Stopping this from happening to your student may depend on how well you are prepared to advocate for your child. We must not allow suspension to push out our children because ostensibly it may be ensuring them a life sentence of unemployment, crime, or even death. We say it starts at home with the parents, so if we can better understand our student’s rights and the rights we have as parents we can better prepare ourselves to advocate for our student and to hold the school district accountable for the Education of Our Children!

About the Author

Twiggy Billue When there is a problem, Twiggy Billue believes in taking action rather than waiting for someone else to do something. This direct approach has led to her community organizing and advocacy efforts in Syracuse. It was also is the reason she was named a recipient of the 2002 Unsung Heroes and Heroines Award at Syracuse University. Among Billue’s many community projects is the creation of the Rockland Avenue Neighborhood Association. “We created it because we felt voiceless when it came to neighborhood problems,” she says. Twiggy has also been president of the Elmwood Elementary and Shea Middle School Parent-Teacher Organizations, coached youth little leagues and basketball at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and has been involved in the Youth Enrichment Opportunity Program. In 1989, Billue began exploring the issue of infant mortality in the Syracuse community. She was invited by Congressman James Walsh to testify before a Senate subcommittee on infant mortality. The Syracuse Housing Authority adopted a program she wrote to combat infant mortality. The program involved educating parents who lived in zip codes where the rates of infant mortality were the highest about parenting techniques. As a result of her efforts, Billue was offered a job at the Syracuse Community Health Center. She eventually became the center’s member service coordinator, the interim marketing director and a marketing representative for Medicaid managed health care. Twiggy has been married for 26 year and has raised three children with her husband Ras Simien Anu. Twiggy has also been involved in efforts to find out why the African American community has a high rate of alcoholism, school inequality and suspension, infant mortality and gun violence. Mrs. Billue was a past member and co-chair of the Syracuse Partnership to Reduce Gun Violence Community Management Team and received training in trauma response from the Boston Trauma team and Dr. Robert Macy. Twiggy participated with Trauma Team members to respond to the scene of violence or traumatic incidents in the community and to debrief and offer assistance to community members. Twiggy is currently a member of the Syracuse Chapter of the National Action Network and Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Twiggy currently serves as the Director of Project Hotep and the Copy Shop. Despite her heavy involvement in community organizations, Billue still believes in dealing with problems directly. If a parent calls her because they can’t find their child, Billue will go right out and look for the child. “I believe in the one-onone community-building approach,” she says.