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De Blasio's School-Safety Numbers Don’t Add Up

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De Blasio's School-Safety Numbers Don’t Add Up

New York Post August 2, 2017
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Editor's note: This editorial is partly based on a new piece by Max Eden, New York Educrats' Plan to Make Schools Less Safe

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday declared the last school year to be the safest on record — conveniently skipping over the fact that that’s only according to his records.

NYPD school-safety chief Brian Conroy began giving away the show when he noted that city stats don’t include incidents that schools handle internally, without calling in the cops.

Hmm: The mayor and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are eager to declare success for their new school-discipline code, which made it harder to get suspended and substituted “restorative justice” counseling for punishment in many cases. That alone guarantees that most schools will report fewer problems — especially since administrators need to keep the bosses happy.

After all, The Post has extensively documented what happens when higher-ups push for higher graduation rates: Schools often respond by simply giving credit to students who haven’t earned it.

Tellingly, as the Manhattan Institute’s Max Eden noted in Saturday’s Post, extensive surveys of students and teachers found that both groups believe school order and safety plummeted after the suspension policy changed.

Read the entire editorial here at the New York Post

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