Every family that sends their children to a public school in black and Latino neighborhoods in New York City knows that resources are in short supply and the basic educational needs of our children are often not met. Which is why it’s surprising and deeply concerning that, this week, the City Council just handed $20 million of public funding over to private schools.
On Monday, the New York City Council passed a law that leaves the public on the hook for a $20 million bill from private and religious schools. City Council Intro. No. 65-A requires the public to pay for the salary and training costs for at least one security guard at nonpublic schools that enroll at least 300 students and two or more guards at schools that enroll more than 500 students. The new law is a bad use of money that will cost the city millions.
When the world saw the recent video of a white police officer brutalizing a young black woman in her high school classroom in South Carolina by putting her into a chokehold, flipping her over in her desk and throwing her across the classroom, we were horrified. Sadly, we weren’t surprised. Unfortunately, videos and images of police brutality against black children and women have become so common, the hashtags so familiar, that #assaultatSpringValleyHigh was all too similar to #mckinneypoolparty, an attack on a 14-year-old black girl by a white police officer at a kids’ pool party in Texas.
In New York City, more than 90,000 high school students go through metal detectors every morning, and almost all of them are black and Latino. Black and Latino students make up 69 percent of all students, but account for 89 percent of all students suspended and 94 percent of all students that are arrested. While the numbers for suspensions and arrests have declined, we will not know the full extent of arrests, criminal summons and suspensions in our schools until the NYPD and Department of Education release the data that must now be collected as part of recent amendments to the Student Safety Act. As of now, the arrest and summons data only reflect the NYPD’s School Safety Division and do not include the number of arrests and summons carried out by local precinct officers.
We appeared on Democracy Now to talk about the violent attack on two young black women at their high school, Spring Valley High, and violence perpetuated against black women and children by the state.
New York City has more than 5,000 police officers patrolling the city’s schools—that’s more than the combined number of school guidance counselors and social workers. Nationwide, more than 17,000 officers work in the school. What happens when students are arrested in the classroom? We look at what many experts call the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
Cops and education officials would have to make it public when kids are handcuffed in schools under a bill passed Wednesday by the City Council.
The bill also would require that reports be published with data on which schools have metal detectors, when ambulances are called to deal with students, and when NYPD school safety agents are injured in scuffles with kids.
Every morning, more than 90,000 New York City public high school students are scanned by metal detectors as they arrive to school. Which schools have scanners is hard to pin down — the Department of Education says it does not share this information for safety reasons.
But the scanners aren’t secret. They can be seen in school lobbies. By calling high schools and using data from the New York Civil Liberties Union and Inside Schools, WNYC found that at least 193 New York City public high schools have metal detectors, accounting for about one-third of the city’s high school population.
Getting scanned before school every day can mean earlier wakeups, long waits and lots of hassle, and whether it’s a part of your morning depends a lot on where you go to school.
Almost two-thirds of high school students in the Bronx go through a metal detector; none go through one on Staten Island. Students in Brooklyn are a little more likely than average to go through scanning, and those in Manhattan and Queens are less likely.
Citywide, almost half of black high school students are scanned every day — compared to about 14 percent of white students. We also found that 43% of English Language Learner high school students are scanned every day.