Department of Education
The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests.
“They don’t want to be put in a situation that could either compromise them or be misinterpreted,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
It’s used as filler in low-grade ground beef. In fact, it looks like ground beef but comes from slaughterhouse trimmings. You’ve probably had some if you’ve ever eaten a bargain burger.
New York City’s schools chancellor is speaking out after yet another city teacher was arrested, accused of sexual abuse. 15 school employees have been arrested in just three months.
Authorities said Esran Boothe, a 49-year-old gym teacher at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, has been charged with both forcible touching and sexual abuse.
Community assistant Frank Ocasio was arrested at Cobble Hill High in Brooklyn for forcible touching. Meanwhile, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the removal of 8 other teachers and aides.
Following a complaint, the NY state Department of Education investigated and ruled that indeed “non-certified special ed teachers” have been in charge of classrooms in Hempstead.
Gregory Atkins made a brief appearance in Manhattan state Supreme Court where he was informed a grand jury voted to indict him on charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in the last week there were two accidents at the intersection of Laurel Hill Boulevard and 61st Street in Woodside, a suggested “safe route.”
Grace Peterson-Hagendorf, 59, is accused of pushing the young girl into a chair and twisting her neck at PS 22 in Flushing.
The Teacher Data Reports grade teachers based on how much progress their students have made on standardized tests.
Brett Picou, 30, an art teacher at P.S. 52, was charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 11.
Police say 27-year-old substitute teacher Chukwuma Duru is accused of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child at the Bronx Career and College Prep High School on Feb. 9.
Police made two arrests this week: teacher’s aide Gregory Atkins in Manhattan and another teacher’s aide, Taleek Brooks, in Brooklyn.
Board members blame perennial poor performance but, they say, by redirecting the resources they can improve education across the City.