1,800 Flee Their schools - Aren't The Mayor and Chancellor Accountable For Why AND Where They Go?
More than 1,800 students have gotten permission to transfer schools this year - 559 in Region 6 in Brooklyn alone - because they fear for their safety, according to statistics obtained by the Daily News .
Mayor Bloomberg has accepted blame for school violence and not doing enough, therefore we must hold him accountable for students fleeing their schools in fear; shouldn't we also hold him and his Chancellor accountable for where these kids GO? Where are the seats that they filled?
There is abundant evidence that kids never make it back into the system. Principals and Superintendents do not want these kids because they have shown themselves to be a problem, and therefore could prevent these administrators from receiving retirement benefits, bonuses for good performance data, etc. The education system provides no incentive for educrats to take these kids back and assure them a free and appropriate education. In New York City, the czar of school safety, Mr. Benjamin Tucker, resigned suddenly in April. What does this show us?
Again, where do these kids go?
1,800 fled scary schools
By CELESTE KATZ [Daily News, January 22, 2004]
More than 1,800 students have gotten permission to transfer schools this year because they fear for their safety, according to statistics obtained by the Daily News yesterday.
Far and away, the highest number of students - 559 - were granted transfers in Region 6 in Brooklyn. Nearly half of those transfers were at the high school level; 103 were among elementary school children.
The region includes three of the "dangerous dozen" schools specifically targeted by Mayor Bloomberg in an anti-violence program announced Jan. 5: South Shore, Canarsie and Sheepshead Bay high schools.
Region 8, which covers part of western Brooklyn, reported the fewest transfers between September and January: 103.
"We need to evaluate the numbers. This is the first time we have collected the data centrally as part of our accountability measures," said Education Department spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.
An Education Department source said the numbers don't necessarily mean that violent incidents or dangerous schools are on the rise.
The department did not say how many transfer requests were made; statistics on previous years also were unavailable.
The 1,800 transfers were buoyed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allows transfers based on a school's safety record - not just because the student was a victim of violence.
Parent Lissette Martinez said she sought a safety transfer to get her 16-year-old daughter, Remi, out of Washington Irving High School in Manhattan after a day of violence. But the girl was so shook up and there was so much red tape, Martinez said, that she eventually sent the girl to school in New Jersey.
"After the incident, she never went back. ... She was really traumatized. She was so afraid, she wasn't eating, she wasn't sleeping."