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De Blasio Sues City To Release Data On Students' ER Trips

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Public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is suing the city for not releasing data on students sent to the emergency room from school because of behavioral issues.

De Blasio says schools don't have the services required to properly deal with behavioral outbursts so they're just sending kids to the emergency room.

Last summer, the public advocate's office says it requested information on the use of Emergency Medical Services in schools from 2005 to 2010.

The request included the age, ethnicity and behavioral problem for each child, as well as the amount billed to parents after each incident.

Nine months later, de Blasio says the city is still refusing to provide that information, which prompted the lawsuit.

In response, the city law department released a statement which read, in part, "The latest information being sought is either subject to health privacy concerns and applicable laws, does not exist, or is not kept in a format that is separate from individual students' health records."

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