Nearly half of NYC public school cafeterias cited for rats, bugs, other critical violations: report

NEW YORK (WPIX) — Nearly half of New York City public school cafeterias have been slapped with serious health code violations, including rodents and insects, according to a new report.

More than 1,100 critical violations were found at nearly 700 cafeterias in 2017,  NYCity News Service — a CUNY Graduate School of Journalism student news service — reported. About 20 percent of those citations were considered critical, which means they're more likely to contribute to food-borne illnesses.

There were mice, rats, roaches and flies.

Five second-graders were sickened after eating school lunch at a Brooklyn school one day, NYCity News Service reported. A health inspection several days later found dirty equipment.

But according to Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman, about 98 percent of city schools passed their inspections in 2017.

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Neighborhood Scout used their patent-pending school rating algorithm to uncover and identify the 100 worst public schools in America. The calculations used to create this ranking involve the students' proficiency in reading and math as determined by the 'No Child Left Behind' state testing for each school, and the National Assessment for Educational Progress. The worst performing schools are found in 20 different states, some in inner city urban areas, and some in rural America.

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First Up: No. 25 Worst School
Milwaukee, Wis.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 114

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 11% vs. 75%
Proficient in Reading: 0% vs. 71%

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Next: No. 24 Worst School
Chicago, Ill.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 1126

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 4% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 9% vs. 58%

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Next: No. 23 Worst School
Philadelphia, Pa.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 456

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 3% vs. 65%

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Next: No. 22 Worst School
Columbia, S.C.
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 344

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 6)
Proficient in Math: 9% vs. 37%
Proficient in Reading: 12% vs. 31%

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Next: No. 21 Worst School
Chicago, Ill.
Grades Served: 10-12
Students Enrolled: 637

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 3% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 8% vs. 58%

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Next: No. 20 Worst School
Columbus, Ohio
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 148

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 8% vs. 72%
Proficient in Reading: 4% vs. 80%

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Next: No. 19 Worst School
Highland Park, Mich.
Grades Served: KG-6
Students Enrolled: 339

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 4)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 82%
Proficient in Reading: 13% vs. 83%

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Next: No. 18 Worst School
Chicago, Ill.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 1261

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 2% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 8% vs. 58%

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Next: No. 17 Worst School
Greenville, S.C.
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 568

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 4% vs. 22%
Proficient in Reading: 7% vs. 25%

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Next: No. 16 Worst School
Editor's Correction:
Dorman High Freshman Campus (Roebuck, S.C.) was originally included as No. 16. based on incorrect No Child Left Behind (NCLB) raw data provided by SchoolDataDirect. Dorman should not have been included at all, because there is insufficient test data to include them, given that it's a 9th grade only school in a state where 9th graders do not take the state-specific NCLB. Our apologies to the Dorman High Freshman Campus.
Next: No. 15 Worst School
Sacaton, Ariz.
Grades Served: 6-12
Students Enrolled: 67

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 10)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 69%
Proficient in Reading: 9% vs. 74%

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Next: No. 14 Worst School
Columbia, S.C.
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 494

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 3% vs. 22%
Proficient in Reading: 5% vs. 25%

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Next: No. 13 Worst School
Florence, S.C.
Grades Served: 7-12
Students Enrolled: 21

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 7)
Proficient in Math: 8% vs. 32%
Proficient in Reading: 8% vs. 26%

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Next: No. 12 Worst School
Charleston, S.C.
Grades Served: KG-5
Students Enrolled: 94

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 5)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 34%
Proficient in Reading: 7% vs. 34%

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Next: No. 11 Worst School
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Grades Served: KG-8
Students Enrolled: 90

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 8% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 0% vs. 49%

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Next: No. 10 Worst School
Columbia, S.C.
Grades Served: 4-8
Students Enrolled: 76

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 6)
Proficient in Math: 10% vs. 37%
Proficient in Reading: 5% vs. 31%

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Next: No. 9 Worst School
North Charleston, S.C.
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 582

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 4% vs. 22%
Proficient in Reading: 4% vs. 25%

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Next: No. 8 Worst School
North Charleston, S.C.
Grades Served: 6-8
Students Enrolled: 814

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 8)
Proficient in Math: 3% vs. 22%
Proficient in Reading: 5% vs. 25%

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Next: No. 7 Worst School
St. Francis, S.D.
Grades Served: PK-8
Students Enrolled: 92

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 5)
Proficient in Math: 0 vs. 76%
Proficient in Reading: 42% vs. 85%

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Next: No. 6 Worst School
Chicago, Ill.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 1258

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 2% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 5% vs. 58%

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Next: No. 5 Worst School
North Charleston, S.C.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 37

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 9)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 36%
Proficient in Reading: 9% vs. 38%

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Next: No. 4 Worst School
Milwaukee, Wis.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 120

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 10)
Proficient in Math: 5% vs. 71%
Proficient in Reading: 0% vs. 75%

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Next: No. 3 Worst School
Milwaukee, Wis.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 145

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 10)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 71%
Proficient in Reading: 4% vs. 75%

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Next: No. 2 Worst School
Aiken, S.C.
Grades Served: 5-8
Students Enrolled: 61

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 7)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 32%
Proficient in Reading: 6% vs. 26%

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Next: No. 1 Worst School
East St. Louis, Ill.
Grades Served: 9-12
Students Enrolled: 181

School's 'State Test' Scores vs. State
(Grade 11)
Proficient in Math: 0% vs. 54%
Proficient in Reading: 3% vs. 58%

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"All schools must provide students with safe, clean cafeterias and we ensure that they meet all federal and state requirements," Aciman said." Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of students and staff, and we work closely with the Department of Health to immediately investigate and address any violation.

Health officials are required to inspect school cafeterias twice every school year under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. More than 1.1 million children attend New York City public schools.

For information on the report, click here.

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