City Council debates bill that would put nurses in all BX and city schools

The debate over whether or not there should be nurses in all public and private Bronx and city schools heated up Wednesday at a health committee meeting.

City Council members are currently examining a bill that would put nurses in all schools. The city's Health Department testified that the cost of putting nurses in all schools would double the school health budget. But Dr. Mary Basset, of the health department, supports the current policy saying there should be an equal nurse to student ratio in all schools.

Currently, only the larger public schools have a nurse on staff each day, which does not sit well with parents and activists. There is also a plan to have no nurses on staff for summer school this year.

City Council Health Committee members say they are aware of the Bloomberg administration's opposition to the bill so they plan to hold off on a vote.

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