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Gov. Cuomo Under Pressure To Eliminate No Cash Bail Laws For Looters



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The Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse his bail reform laws in an effort to curb looting on the streets, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported exclusively on Wednesday.

“I want the office and I believe it would be appropriate to join 49 other states to eliminate cash bail and to have the judge, however, have the ability to detain someone when there is a clear risk of re-offense,” Vance told CBS2.

Vance continued, “This is about people who are taking advantage of this moment when people want to come out and protest peacefully. I’m calling for more judicial discretion.”

Because of the state’s no cash bail laws, suspects are arrested and for many crimes including stalking, grand larceny, assault as a hate crime, and second-degree manslaughter,  the majority of them can be released without paying bail, NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan said Tuesday.

The New York Police Department has expressed concern over the lax laws, saying that most of the suspects they’ve arrested in the violence and looting sprees in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd are back on the streets the next day.

On Tuesday, Monahan told the New York Post that he brought concerns to Vance about the laws. However, there was nothing Vance could do, he told Monahan.

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Parents, advocates call on leaders to step down after ZERO children pass math at 13 Baltimore state schools



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How long will leaders who let our children down blame Covid-19 for their failures? Anger swept across Baltimore, Maryland, after not a single student passed their state math exams, and almost 75 percent testing at the lowest possible score.

The Daily Mail reports “The poor performances came in the latest round of Maryland‘s state testing, where 13 high schools in the city – a staggering 40 percent – failed to produce a single student with a ‘proficient’ score in math.” Baltimore City Schools not only received $1.6 billion last year from taxpayers, but the school district also received $799 million in Covid relief funding from the federal government.

“So, it’s not a funding issue. We’re getting plenty of funding,” said Jason Rodriguez, deputy director of Baltimore-based nonprofit People Empowered by the Struggle, to Fox Baltimore. “I don’t think money is the issue. I think accountability is the issue…This is educational homicide, there is no excuse for the failure, which has come after years of warnings over the city’s poor education standards,” added Rodriguez.

A bombshell study published this month by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) found that 16 million students were chronically absent during the pandemic. “The millions of students had missed more than 10 percent of schools days during the 2021-22 year, twice the number seen in previous years. More than eight in 10 public schools also reported stunted behavioral and social-emotional development in their students due to the pandemic, according to a May survey cited in the report.”

However, six years ago a similar report by Project Baltimore found that 13 schools in the city had zero students test ‘proficiently’ in math. An almost identical finding. “We’re still dealing with these same issues year after year,” Rodriguez continued. “It’s just scary to me and alarming to me because we know that what’s happening now, you know, it’s just opening up the floodgates to the school-to-prison pipeline. I’m beyond angry… This is why we’ve been calling for the resignation of the school CEO.”

Daily Mail notes that Rodriguez’s group has previously held rallies over the mounting educational crisis in the city, and in 2021 led calls for Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises to resign over low test scores and falling graduation rates.

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