The thing is he is doing the city a disservice when he presents this all is well message that even Ken Amaro doesn’t believe. Him pointing to the stats got me thinking about how many times I heard the same thing and it wasn’t true then and it’s not true now.
I heard it in 2009, when a Times Union article reported describing how suspensions have dropped 30 percent from year to year;
Then again in 2010 when they said we had a 71 percent drop in suspensions.
Another article in 2012, talked about a 35% drop in suspensions over three years. I guess the bulk of that came in 2010. In that article they at least questioned the possibility of under reporting.
And I could have went on and on, as there have been quite a few stories about dramatic drops in suspensions and referrals over the years. Now you don’t have to believe me just look at what members of the district have said even just recently.
Again Vitti's heart may have been in the right place, we were probably suspending children at to fast of a pace and we were definitely ignoring the underlying causes of their behavior, who knows given proper training and resources restorative justice might even work. We however have an epidemic of violence in our schools and it's just a matter of time before a tragedy like the one that happened at the party happens at one of our schools.