Public advocate calls for increased transparency on school bullying, sexual harassment
James revealed a three-point campaign, including a vow to introduce legislation that would require the Department of Education to release better stats on bullying and sexual harassment. She called for a litany of information from the department, including the precise nature of each safety incident and what action the school pursued. Her office also plans to conduct an outreach campaign to parents.
“For too many children, the first day of school is not full of excitement and nerves, but with a fear and anxiety over bullying and sexual harassment,” James said. “As over one million students return to New York City public schools today, we have a moral obligation to protect our kids from harm and ensure that parents are aware of their rights.”
James’ announcement comes after a recent report by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed that city schools are under-reporting incidents of bullying. In 2013-2014, 70 percent of schools reported zero incidents of harassment, bullying or discrimination, the analysis found.