No disciplinary action will be taken against New York City teachers or administrators for failing to report signs that Lisa Steinberg, the 1st grader beaten to death last fall by her adoptive father, was an abused child, says a city school official.
Anthony J. Alvarado, the former city schools chancellor who is now superintendent of Community School District 2, said taking action against the staff at Public School 41, where Lisa was a student until her death last November, would "make scapegoats of school personnel, when proper training had not been provided to them."
A report by the board of education last month found that eight people had noticed the girl's disheveled appearance; it said school staff members should have recognized the signs of abuse. (See Education Week, Jan. 27, 1988.)
The man who was raising Lisa, Joel B. Steinberg, has been charged with murder and child abuse in her death.