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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Impact Program Reduces Crime in Troubled NYC Schools by 40%

From  "Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said crime is down in some of the city's most troubled schools while touting the success of their Impact Schools program Wednesday at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx.  Overall, crime is down nearly 40 percent in the 16 so-called Impact Schools compared to this time last year, according to the Department of Education. Violent crime is also down nearly 50 percent this year in those same troubled schools.  “The Impact Program was always meant to be dynamic and responsive to changing safety conditions. Today's announcement reflects that," said Bloomberg.  "The work we're doing in terms of student interventions and the sophistication, the peer mediation, the anti-bullying, the professional development – all of this has begun to take hold," said Klein. “Our school system is getting serious about the fact that we live by rules, and there are consequences for children who are not prepared to live by the rules.”  The administration began its crack down back in January 2004, flooding those schools with more police officers and school safety agents, as well as instituting a zero tolerance policy for minor infractions and removing disruptive students all together.  The drop was significant enough that the city removed six schools from the list, including Evander Childs, Adlai Stevenson, and Theodore Roosevelt High Schools in the Bronx; Erasmus Hall and Thomas Jefferson High Schools in Brooklyn; and Springfield Gardens High School in Queens."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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