By SALLY GOLDENBERG
Last Updated: 5:32 AM, June 22, 2012
Posted: 12:30 AM, June 22, 2012
Two city lawmakers are pressing the state to require anyone who applies for a job at a private school in New York — including teachers — to submit to mandatory fingerprinting.
In the wake of a report this month about cases of sex abuse against students by teachers at Horace Mann in Riverdale, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (above) and Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) yesterday called for a state law that would require private schools to follow the same fingerprinting rules as public schools.
When Quinn asked the Bronx district attorney to investigate the allegations at the prestigious school from the 1980s and ’90s, she discovered that, unlike New York’s public schools, private schools in the state are not obligated to fingerprint prospective employees.
She and Greenfield said they plan to introduce a resolution in the council asking the state to pass a law that would extend the policy to private schools.
Horace Mann administrators have called the allegations “highly disturbing and absolutely abhorrent” and noted that all teachers named in the report had been fired.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 6/22/2012
Fingerpring the Rebbes
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg