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EXCLUSIVE: Charter activists blast NY Education Dept. over proposed changes for reporting school violence

An influential pro-charter school lobby group is putting pressure on state education officials to tighten requirements for reporting violence in public schools.

Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge penned a letter to the state Board of Regents this month and ripped state officials’ plan to streamline New York’s Violent and Disruptive Incident Reporting system, where officials keep track of incidents such as assaults and rapes.

The state’s overhaul would reduce the public schools’ number of reportable violent categories from 20 to nine, but critics such as Kittredge believe the changes would mask the true extent of violence in public schools.

“The changes will imperil children and eliminate the public’s ability — and most importantly, parents’ ability — to monitor serious school violence,” Kittredge wrote in the Nov. 11 letter.

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“To identify our most dangerous schools and hold our education system accountable for the safety of students, we need consistent compliance with existing law as well as more data — not less,” the letter continued.