'Persistently dangerous' Caroline Elementary raises tough questions for parents, officials
The numbers are quite clear.
In the 2010-2011 school year, Caroline Elementary School reported 39 “violent” incidents to the New York State EducationDepartment. According to the state’s formula, which factors-in student enrollment and the severity of each type of incident, the school was labeled “potentially persistently dangerous.”
The following year saw a drop in such incidents at Caroline, but there was still enough “violent” activity according to the state’s formula that the school ceased to be “potentially” dangerous and, in late November, was officially moved to the “persistently dangerous” list.
There, it joined 32 other schools from across the state, all of which must implement violence reduction plans while being subjected to greater scrutiny by the state Education Department.
But the state is not the only one watching Caroline closely. There is the school faculty and staff, students, district administrators, taxpayers, newspaper readers, and — most importantly — parents who now send their children to a “dangerous” school, as well as a community that must live with that stigma.Written by
7:06 PM, Jan 11, 2013
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