Carly Hite Files Appeals to Expunge School Suspension Records of Buffalo Students

Carly Hite (’20), current Staff Attorney with Children’s Rights and former Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Buffalo, was quoted in The Buffalo News discussing appeals she filed to the Buffalo school board and the state education commissioner over procedural violations and delays surrounding student suspensions and related hearings (“As AG Investigates Buffalo School Suspensions, a Call for Change: ‘What We’re Doing Isn’t Working,’” Oct. 2, [updated Oct. 5]). “I had at least three clients in the spring who were sent home without actually being suspended. So the principal would call and say your child is not welcome back for the next week.” Explaining that the principal then told the parents it would not count as a suspension, Carly noted, “For any kid, it’s problematic. You’re just sending them home without any follow up.” Carly also commented on limited tutoring and online assignments during short term student suspensions, “It’s our position that does not comply with the law.”