Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thanks To De Blasio And Farina Schools Are Becoming More Unsafe.
It's Sunday and the New York Post's Susan Edelman has published another important article on the New York City Public Schools, this time its about weapons in the schools. According to the article there has been a 26% increase in weapons confiscated for this school year compared to last. Of the 1,751 weapons confiscated, 698 came from schools with metal detectors, yet the Mayor is under pressure to eliminate these safeguards. Imagine what these schools would be like if there were no meta detectors? How more unsafe would these schools be? As it is, most of the weapon confiscations are from schools without metal detectors or 60% of all confiscations.
Sure, under the Bloomberg administration there were weapon confiscations and many principals hid violent incidents, while the DOE looked the other way An example was HIllcrest High School where staff knew not to report incidents and they received a safety award for being a safe school. However, the Mayor understood that suspensions, arrests, were necessary and no electronics by students in school were important for him to achieve his educational goals. Unfortunately, with our progressive mayor school suspensions are down 32%, cellphones are being used indiscriminately, and restorative justice meeting that students take as a joke allows disruptive and violent students back into the classroom to continue to make havoc in the classroom which hurts student learning.
Schools need to be safe and the classroom peaceful for real student academic achievement, neither is possible if the De Blasio administration continues to ignore what is really going on in the schools. Giving a pass to student destructive behaviors and hiding the real statistics that show how unsafe schools really are and yet teachers are blamed when these behaviors go unchecked.