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#1382028 --- 01/11/13 07:12 PM Persistently dangerous school: Caroline Elementary
newsman38 Offline
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'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
D.W. Nutt
7:06 PM, Jan 11, 2013
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#1383484 --- 01/19/13 03:25 PM Re: Persistently dangerous school: Caroline Elementary [Re: newsman38]
Fart in the Wind Offline

Registered: 03/10/12
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Loc: beneath the Utica Shale

Anyone else read the whole article? The numbers are NOT quite clear!

Excerpts from the rest of the article:

<The state releases its Violent and Disruptive Incident Report data only once a year, and while the incidents are logged according to category, there is no description of actual incidents available to the public. Due to student confidentiality issues, schools are unable to release those details either. Parents are only left with the numbers.

Rhudy said that since he is not privy to all of the incident information, it’s impossible to make a firm conclusion about what exactly went wrong. But the reality of the school as he sees it and the numbers do not mesh.

Something went awry in the reporting process, he said. Whether that is principals, district administrators, the board of education, state ed, somewhere this broke down.

Those numbers do not signal excessive dangerous activity, Sherwood said. Rather, they show the struggles of children transitioning from the structured environment of elementary school into a freer, less-supervised middle school life.

So pushing, shoving, horseplay in the halls, name-calling, being late to class, any behavior that warrants detention, all would get a VADIR form because they resulted in a disciplinary action. And thus the school’s other disruptive incidents numbers skyrocket.>

It could even be the result of one inappropriately placed, out of control student.

These types of article if not scrutinized carefully perpetuate fear in our communities.