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NY Strives to Improve Child Abuse Reporting in Private Schools

Mary Pulido wants New York lawmakers to broaden the scope of a law that requires public schools to report abuse to include private and religious schools. Pulido is the director for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and has been persuading lawmakers to get on board. Pulido sites that private schools are not excluded from likelihood of abuse by school workers, and a letter sent to senators points out, “It seems inconceivable that these schools remain free to handle abuse allegations in any manner they choose.”

Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) is an advocate for education in Albany, and may prove to be influential in the review of the proposal. One of the key reasons for Pulido’s urgency in the matter is the high number of sex abuse allegations that were reported, mainly from Horace Mann School in the Bronx. Peter Brooks is a spokesman for the Horace Mann Action Coalition, supporting abuse survivors. Brooks supports the proposed legislation and agrees that private and religious schools need to be accountable for reporting abuse.

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