News: New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, USNY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 27, 2009

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13 SCHOOLS NAMED "PERSISTENTLY DANGEROUS" UNDER NCLB

The State Education Department announced today that 13 schools have been identified as "persistently dangerous" under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.  Last year 19 schools were identified.

Eight new schools have been added to the list of persistently dangerous schools this year and 14 have been removed. The eight newly identified schools are located in New York City; the 14 newly removed schools are all located in New York City as well. Schools were removed from the list because they reported fewer serious incidents.

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said, "There is no issue more important to the Regents than ensuring the safety of our children. So we will make the criteria for identifying dangerous schools more rigorous. And we will closely monitor them to be certain the data they report to us accurately reflects the realities within those schools."

Five schools on the list were identified in previous years. Of those five “carry-over” schools, two of them – Schenectady High School and P.S. 12, Lewis Clark in New York City – did not petition the Commissioner to be removed from the list.

The list of persistently dangerous schools, as well as the list of schools removed this year, is attached. The Education Department attributes the decrease in the number of schools identified to better tracking of student behavior and early intervention efforts by school districts as well as professional development opportunities provided by the Department throughout the year.

Schools are designated "persistently dangerous" if they have two successive years of serious incidents that meet or exceed criteria established by the Department. States set their own criteria for identifying schools.

Serious incidents include: homicide, forcible and other sexual offenses, robbery, assault resulting in serious physical injury or in physical injury, arson, kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and possession, use or threatened use of a weapon.

The standard is a ratio of violent incidents to enrollment in a school and is determined by the number and type of incidents. Each incident is given a weighting based on the seriousness of the incident. The weightings are added. The result is then divided by enrollment. This yields a numerical index of school violence.

A school is considered "persistently dangerous" if for two consecutive years, it has either:  

       OR

All schools designated as "persistently dangerous" must provide school choice to students where transfer options exist. Each school also receives financial support and technical assistance to help improve school safety. School districts must submit to the State Education Department for approval an Incident Reduction Plan for each designated school to show the specific steps the district will take to reduce the number of violent incidents and improve safety at the school. Staff from the New York State Center for School Safety and the Regional School Support Centers also provide help to designated schools to improve safety.           

Schools that have been successful in creating a safer environment for students have adopted one or more of the following strategies:

2007-08 school by school Violent and Disruptive Incident Report (VADIR) data will be available later this week.

PERSISTENTLY DANGEROUS SCHOOLS
2009-10


Persistently Dangerous Schools Added this Year

 

School Name

 

School District

 
Year Designated


JHS 344 Academy of Collaborative Education


NYC Geographic District # 5

 

2009-10


PS 231


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2009-10


IS 229


NYC Geographic District # 9


2009-10


PS/MS 123


NYC Geographic District # 8


2009-10


MS 256 Academic & Athletic Excellence


NYC Geographic District # 3


2009-10


JHS 226 Virgil I. Grissom


NYC Geographic District # 27


2009-10


PS 22


NYC Geographic District # 17


2009-10


PS 63 William McKinley


NYC Geographic District # 1


2009-10


Persistently Dangerous Schools Carried Over from Previous Years

 
School Name

 
School District

 Year Designated


Schenectady HS


Schenectady CSD


2008-09


Little Flower School


Little Flower UFSD


2008-09


Berkshire Junior-Senior HS


Berkshire UFSD


2006-07


PS 12 Lewis and Clark School


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


PS 14


NYC Geographic District # 31


2007-08


Persistently Dangerous Schools Removed from the List


School Name

School District
Year Designated


IS 172 Powell Middle School for Law and Social Justice
(Note: This school has closed.)


NYC Geographic District # 5


2007-08


JHS  117


NYC Geographic District # 4


2008-09


Marta Valle Secondary School


NYC Geographic District # 1


2008-09


JHS 44 William J. O’Shea


NYC Geographic District # 3


2007-08


MS 246 Crossroads School


NYC Geographic District # 3


2008-09

 
MS 334


NYC Geographic District # 17


2008-09


PS 35 Stephen Decatur School


NYC Geographic District # 16


2008-09


PS 9


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


PS 169 Robert F. Kennedy School


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


School 723


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


PS 140


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


PS 25


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2008-09


PS 368


|NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08


PS 94


NYC Special Schools-District # 75


2007-08

 

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