Mayor reportedly plans to hire firms to help with schools for troubled kids

As part of an ongoing effort to crackdown on violent and disruptive students, the mayor plans to open 48 new schools citywide for troubled kids.

Mayor Bloomberg reportedly wants to hire privately run firms to help operate Second Chance schools, which are geared towards helping students who have either been suspended or expelled from public school. In addition, students who have served time in jail will be placed in the schools. Under the plan, Second Chance schools will provide students with an education in a more controlled atmosphere. The schools will be staffed with tutors, guidance counselors, psychologists and social workers.

The plan comes amidst criticism from teachers and parents that conditions at suspension centers are poor.

Second Chance schools are slated to open by the fall.

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