School safety suggestions were ignored

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School safety is on everyone’s mind. The shootings at Sandy Hook intensified the concern. Community Education Council 31 in Staten Island has drafted some suggestions. But the NYC Department of Education says is not following up with them.

Here’s the statement sent from the Department of Education: “CECs (Community Education Councils) don’t have any statutory duties regarding school safety and we are not considering their proposal. The Department already works closely with the NYPD.”

On the DOE website, Community and Citywide Education Councils are deliberative bodies that help to shape educational policies and priorities in their districts. CEC members are parent volunteers who provide hands-on leadership and support for their community’s public schools. Participation on these councils is an important responsibility that we encourage every public school parent to consider.”

After the National Rifle Association called for armed officers in schools, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said “A safe learning environment for our students is one of our top priorities.  As the largest school district in the country, we know what works. The NRA is wrong. Putting an armed guard in every school building is not the answer. Our schools are safer today than they’ve been in more than a decade thanks to our collaboration with the NYPD, reforms to our discipline code to promote safety, anti-bullying and peer mediation programs, and work to remove illegal guns from the street.”

A DOE spokeswoman adds “We have a strong partnership with School Safety Division. Under the partnership, school crime has gone down. Since 2001, major crime is down 48% compared to 2000-01 and violent crime is down 37% compared to 2000-01.”

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