City Officials And Advocacy Groups Disagree On School Safety

Student safety is measured in numbers of violent incidents. But the problem is what numbers do you use? An advocacy group is taking the Department of Education to court. It says because it claims the city is not doing enough to keep students safe. They city says schools are safer. On some level, the disagreement comes down to which sets of numbers you’re looking at. Gilda Di Carli reports.

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City Council bill to regulate where Elmo can stand in Times Square

Tourists go to Times Square to take pictures and not to get hassled by life-size cartoon characters. That’s the logic behind a bill pending before City Council. It would give the Department of Transportation the authority to regulate where costumed characters can stand and do their photo-ops. This comes amid an uptick in reports of aggressive encounters with passersby. Gilda Di Carli went to Times Square to find out more.

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SESIS Gives Teachers Headaches and Costs City Millions

Last month the City’s Department of Education found that 40% of the its over 100,000 special needs students are not getting services that are required by state law. And now… a lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James argues that part of the blame lies with SESIS, the DOE’s 130 million dollar data system. Gilda Di Carli reports.

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25 Years After Rodney King, A Look At Race in the United States


On March 3rd, 1991, Los Angeles police were filmed brutally beating an African American during an arrest. His name was Rodney King. The video caused widespread outrage, and led to the LA riots a year later.

To mark the 25th anniversary of this turning point in race relations in the country, I spoke with Melina Abdullah, a Professor of African-American studies at California State University. She still remembers when she first heard the news.

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