Principals still will not want to expose themselves by submitting any reports on the students who misbehave, because reporting that you have bad students is bad for your buck, reputation in the neighborhood, sponsorships, and alot more.
On the other side of the coin, pinning a violent event committed by "bad" students, on a teacher instead, gives you many opportunities for acclaim by the media, parents and anti-tenure organizations.
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The solution is to take away from in-house personnel, including administrators, the right to rule on the reporting of violence, and give any staff member the right, with immunity, to report assaults, crimes and or damages to people or property to a special division of the police, who must investigate without interference from principals trying to coverup their mistakes and their "little angels" (sometimes gang members well known to the community).
And for pete's sake, get everyone covered by Workers' compensation. Stop principals from arbitrarily and randomly denying LODI (line-of-duty-injury).
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New York Changes the Way It Keeps Tabs on
|PS 191 in Manhattan was on the state’s “persistently dangerous” list at the start of the 2015-16|
school year, but not in the current year
New York State education officials voted Tuesday to change the way the state tracks school violence, hoping to improve a system that has been called confusing and inaccurate.
|The mother of a New York City public school student, a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit, spoke about her son’s mistreatment outside the Education Department’s headquarters on Thursday.|
A group of public school families and a pro-charter advocacy group filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court this week alleging that the atmosphere at New York City public schools was depriving students of their right to receive an education free of violence, bullying and harassment.
The class-action suit, filed on Wednesday in New York’s Eastern District against the New York City Education Department and its chancellor, Carmen Fariña, claims that violence in schools is increasing, and that it is often underreported. The suit also says that school violence disproportionately affects certain groups of students, like those who are black, Hispanic, gay, bisexual or transgender.
The suit, which claims the Education Department has failed “to address and remediate in-school violence in New York City’s public schools,” was filed by 11 students and their families. They were joined by Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter advocacy group that has been a fierce and frequent critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s education policies.
The group’s chief executive, Jeremiah Kittredge, held a news conference on Thursday morning in front of the Education Department’s headquarters in Manhattan, to encourage other public school parents to join the suit.
The group’s picture of violence in the city’s schools directly counters Mr. de Blasio’s. In a statement, the mayor said he viewed “each incidence as obviously troubling,” but challenged the group’s facts, saying that “this year to date, the major crime in our schools is down 14.29 percent and other crimes down 6.77 percent.”
Mr. de Blasio’s figures are drawn from a database that is collected and reported by the New York Police Department.
Toya Holness, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, said those figures track any occurrence in which a member of the Police Department is involved, whether a uniformed officer or a school safety agent. If an episode is witnessed by a classroom teacher but does not reach the school safety agent, it is not included.
By that count, the total number of recorded episodes dropped slightly, to 6,875 in the 2014-15 school year from 6,950 the year before. During the same period, reports of “seven major felony crimes” fell to 614 from 654. In the 2000-1 school year, by contrast, there were 1,575 of those major crimes reported.
In claiming that schools are increasingly violent, Families for Excellent Schools relies on data from New York State. Those figures are collected by school administrators and might include classroom incidents that are not included in the Police Department’s numbers. This city data is then reported to the state, Ms. Holness said.
Based on that data, the complaint says the number of violent episodes rose 23 percent in the school year ending in June 2015 from the previous year.
The validity of the state data has been widely criticized, not least by the federal education secretary, John B. King Jr., when he was New York State’s education commissioner, who said that it “rarely reflects the realities of school health and safety.” Critics have said that the state’s system does not differentiate enough between minor infractions and more serious complaints, and that because the data are not verified, it is difficult to know whether schools are accurately reporting violent situations. A task force is working to revise the system.
Nonetheless, the individual claims in the lawsuit were troubling. One student, a 9-year-old boy at a school in West Harlem, is said to have been grabbed by the ear by his math teacher, who “dragged him down the stairs and threw him onto a landing,” according to the complaint.
An 11-year-old girl at school in Chelsea was bullied and assaulted for years by another student, who then began to attack her 7-year-old sister. The Education Department “refuses to discipline or transfer” the bully, the suit said.
The suit asks the city be compelled to devise a plan to address issues of violence and harassment, and asks the court to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the Education Department’s efforts.
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Statement: Student Victimized by Arson at Brooklyn District School Shows Impact of State’s Vague New VADIR Rules
New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools' CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released the following statement in response to a news report of a Brooklyn student who was hospitalized yesterday with third-degree burns after a fellow student lit her hair on fire.
Yesterday, the Board of Regents vote to approve 100.2(gg) of the Commissioner’s Regulations, Relating to the Uniform Violent and Disruptive Incident Reporting System (VADIR) -- which eliminated several serious incident categories and merged multiple severe incident types into categories shared with minor offenses, such as “assaults with serious physical injury” and “assaults with physical injury.”
Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO, Families for Excellent Schools:
“Yesterday’s horrifying assault speaks to the real-life impact of the state’s vague new VADIR rules. Under this weakened system of school violence tracking, an incident that sent a student to the hospital with third-degree burns will be categorized no differently than a minor scuffle resulting in less than a bruise.”