The initial vision for the School began soon after the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, which is directed by co-applicant Richard Marsico, had sponsored a symposium on the school-to-prison pipeline.
This pipeline is a collection of policies and practices that result in the criminalization of normal adolescent behavior, leading to high rates of participation in the criminal justice system for high school students, particularly from traditionally underserved communities and communities of color.
Additionally, the Center had just completed its Street Law Program, in which law students teach middle school students about their constitutional rights. Professor Marsico found that many of the student participants wrote thank you notes stating that they loved the law school and that they wished they could attend New York Law School someday.
The combination of these two events, in conjunction with a discussion on charter schools and alternatives to traditional public schools in his education law and policy course, led Professor Marsico to the idea that we should open a charter school. His vision was that the charter school could serve as a high school-to-law school pipeline that would counteract the school-to-prison pipeline.
Professor Marsico shared this vision with his students and for the next four years, they enthusiastically worked on the project. Over the years, Professor Marsico and his students were joined by New York Law School alumni, other interested people, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Their collective work developed the Charter High School for Law and Social Justice.
Next week on Thursday, October 17th at 5:30 PM we will have a hearing on our renewal application. We need your support to come in and speak about why you want our school to stay open for another 5 years.
We have an 84% Graduation rate which exceeds our District and the State Education target of 80%. We have an exciting year underway and need scholars and parents to come in and speak in favor of our continuation.
Please call Ms. Gaston at (347) 696 - 0042 Ext. 100 and confirm you can come.
Your scholar will get 3 hours of community service if they attend. The hearing will only be from 5:30-6 PM.