State to Revise Its List of 'Dangerous Schools'

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In light of news that 20,000 violent incidents in city schools went undocumented by the state Education Department, officials are revising their list of the most crime-plagued schools.

On Monday, The New York Post reported that the state Education Department left out 20,000 violent crimes such as robbery and sexual assault when it posted school safety statistics on its Web site, making it look as though these incidents were down 36 percent in city schools. The error has also affected the state's annual list of "persistently dangerous schools," which it published in September.

That list was pretty slim on city schools compared to previous years, and now it's easy to understand why. Of the 19 schools on the list, nine were in New York City. The year before, city schools counted for 12 of the 16 statewide.

According to city officials, the entire mishap stemmed from state education officials' misreading of an Excel document. A document the city sent in October 2010 contained several tabs, but state officials only examined the first one.

Then in June, the city contacted the state to warn them that they had omitted schools from the list, but the state dismissed these concerns, the official said.

2010 persistently dangerous schools:

Aspire Preparatory Middle School, Bronx
Soundview Academy for Culture and Scholarship, Bronx
P.S. 11 Highbridge, Bronx
I.S. 190, Bronx
Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence, Bronx
P.S. 12, Brooklyn
P.S. 194 Countee Cullen, Manhattan
J.H.S. 13 Jackie Robinson, Manhattan
University Neighborhood Middle School, Manhattan

2009 persistently dangerous schools

I.S. 190, Bronx
University Neighborhood Middle School, Manhattan
I.S. 229 Roland Patterson, Bronx
J.H.S. 123 James M. Kieran, Bronx
P.S. 22, Brooklyn
P.S. 63 William McKinley, Manhattan
M.S. 256 Academic & Athletic Excellence, Manhattan
J.H.S. 344 Academy of Collaborative Education, Manhattan (closed)
J.H.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom, Queens
P.S. 14 Cornelius Vanderbilt, Staten Island
P.S. 12 Lewis and Clark School, Bronx
P.S. 231, Brooklyn