Upon reading the linked article at first glance it seems the NYS Department of Education is genuinely concerned with the welfare of the students whose care they have been entrusted with. However, upon further reflection NYS seems so much more concerned over the "under reporting" than "solving the violence issues". The state seems to be under pressure from parents who are requesting transfers based on a perception of violence in the schools. Schools have not been reporting the incidents and the transfers have been denied.
It is economically more feasible to blame schools for lack of paper work and facilitate transfers for parents who do not want their offspring to attend their zoned schools, than to actually address the violence in the school.
Currently, according to the article, there are only 5 schools deemed unsafe on the list. So there are five schools that if parents are willing to file for a transfer, and have to economic ability to send their children further from their home, their transfer will not be denied.
Who is filing for these transfers? Why should we make it easier to cut and run from a school? Should we be threatening to shut schools down rather than fix the problems?
Paperwork does not stop violence. Bullying either from NYS or a kid in the schoolyard is wrong.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Posted by W Brown at 8:05 AM