There was a 35 percent increase in complaints of sexual misconduct involving school employees in the first three months of 2012 over last year, according to the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District.
There have been 248 complaints of sexual misconduct involving school employees so far this year. In addition, there have been at least seven New York City public school employees have been arrested this year for sexual offenses involving students. They include school aides, teachers and an assistant principal in the Bronx.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has responded by making it easier for principals to see when employees have a history of misconduct investigations, and by reviewing old cases - leading to the removal of eight staffers this year.