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analysis of state Education Department data from the 2013-14 school year found
that 1,257 of 1,792 city schools — or 71 % — reported zero incidents of
harassment, bullying or discrimination of students for that entire year. And
1,762 schools — or 98% of the total — reported 10 or fewer incidents.
figures “suggest both significant underreporting of material incidents of
harassment and discrimination by schools inNew
York City, along with some confusion or uncertainty as to how to
classify those incidents that are reported,” Schneiderman’s report stated.
highlight the importance of accurately tracking bullying in city classrooms,
the AG added.
“It’s vitally important
that students feel comfortable coming forward with fears of discrimination or
harassment,” said Schneiderman. “And it’s equally important that schools
honestly report theirresponsesto these issues.”
The Dignity for
All Students Act of 2010 required all city schools — and public schools across
the state — to report incidents of bullying to apublic
database, so that school leaders andeducation
address the issue.
But the city has
been criticized for years for failing to accurately gather and report data on
A 2014 analysis
by theDailyNews found that a whopping 1,378 Big
Apple schools — or 80% — reported zero incidents of bullying or harassment for
the 2012-13 year.
And an audit
last year by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli determined that the city
Department of Education did not report roughly 400 violent and disruptive
incidents that occurred in city schools from 2011 to 2013 to the state
Education Department as required by law.
Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said Schneiderman’s report relies on
outdated data and doesn’t adequately capture the city’s efforts to fight
“Our schools are
the safest they’ve ever been, and reporting incidents is not an option, it’s a
requirement,” said Holness. “Explicit protocols and robust training programs
are used in all schools.”