State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli has released an audit on bullying in NYC schools. Guess what? There are none reported in hundreds of NYC schools.
From the press release on the audit:
For school year 2015-2016, DoE did not report any material incidents to SED for 670 of 1,600 schools and in 2016-2017, it did not report any material incidents for 570 schools. Moreover, in both years, DoE did not report any material incidents at 387 of those schools. Among the schools with no reported incidents for three years running are some of DoE’s largest.
The audit notes that the high number of schools reporting no material incidents, particularly middle schools (20 percent) and high schools (17 percent), is indicative of a risk of significant underreporting.
From the NY Post:
Hundreds of public schools never reported a single instance of bullying to the state, as required by law — including some of the largest in the city, according to a report Wednesday from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Leading the pack in the hard-to-believe statistic was Hillcrest High School in Queens, which has 3,354 students and claimed not one complained about bullying or harassment over a three-year period ending in June 2017.
At the same time, in a separate school survey, 18 percent of students confided that they were bullying victims.
City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens) accused the Department of Education of trying to camouflage a crisis.
“It’s hard to believe,” Dromm told The Post. “We’ve seen this pattern over and over again. It’s a cover-up.”
Further down we learn:
Students at Hillcrest were perplexed by the absence of officially reported incidents.
Sameer Bhutta, 15, said immigrant kids are the primary victims of schoolyard torment.
“Bullying goes on in this school, definitely,” he told The Post. “Basically kids that come to this country get bullied by kids from here. They call them ‘FOBS’ — fresh off the boat.”
The recommendations in the audit are kind of comical. Read them for yourself. This is from page 16:
1. Institute proactive measures to identify schools at risk of underreporting bullying incidents and/or incorrectly categorizing incidents as “other” and take corrective actions. Such measures could include analyzing incident data, considering student population as well as school survey results.
2. Periodically share information on material incidents with the public to provide a more current picture of the school environment.
3. Align the Discipline Code definition of bullying with the NYCRR§100.2 definition.
4. Require more frequent mandatory RFA training and track whether such training took place.
5. Ensure all school employees responsible for entering incidents into OORS have had appropriate training to adequately and accurately document incidents.
6. Ensure that schools comply with timeliness requirements established by the Chancellor’s Regulations.
What we really need is a South African style truth commission where everyone can admit what they have been compelled to do by the DOE's Bloomberg era mandates that have been continued by Mayor de Blasio. The system rewards happy data and therefore penalize honesty because the reality is not so pretty in many schools.