“NYC’s Department of Education — and Mayor Bill de Blasio — have stridently argued over the last few weeks that concerns over potential increases in school violence are unfounded. And yet, it seems, they’re not willing to prove it.
When the city came under fire for supposedly under-reporting incidents of school violence last month, it became clear that fueling that was a discrepancy in how school incident data are reported and categorized. The city maintains a data set, and then reports it to the state, which puts it all online, by school. But the state’s system categorizes incidents differently from the city, and the city’s data set is not online.”