Outcome Of School Violence Crackdown Hard To Detect

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Early in the Bloomberg administration, the mayor and then-Chancellor Joel Klein identified a list of high-crime schools they called Impact Schools. In partnership with Ray Kelly of the NYPD, the Department of Education targeted the schools’ improvement by assigning additional school safety officers and NYPD police officers to assert and maintain order.

“We are cracking down on the schools with the worst safety records,” the Mayor said in early January 2004. “They will be getting more police officers. … Disruptive students will not be tolerated. We have a responsibility to provide an environment free from violence and fear so children can learn. We simply won’t allow a few people to destroy the educational opportunities of others.”

In 2004, the formal NYPD presence in city schools was relatively recent – a 1998 memorandum of understanding between Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the NYPD that permitted police in the public schools was quietly renewed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003 (and