Friday, January 12, 2007

If No One Hears, It Didn't Happen

Tweed, in its infinite wisdom, has decreed that the school nurse at PS 20 no longer needs to ask the principal for permission to dial 911. Is this because it's determined the health and welfare of children overrides the need to hide the truth from the public?

That's doubtful. If you're a city teacher, this is far from the first such practice you've heard about, Klein's official policy statement notwithstanding. Tellingly, the incident was three years ago, but the statement didn't appear till this week.

More likely it's the result of a student's death from an asthma attack, the delay in treatment, the consequent 2-million dollar lawsuit, and most importantly, the avalanche of bad press that's ensued.

It makes me acutely aware that the only thing that will relieve the obscene overcrowding I live with every day is a catastrophic fire. Even then, nothing will happen unless people die and it makes it to the tabloids.

Thanks to Schoolgal
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