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July 28, 2014, 8:35 pm

Phila. improves standing on dangerous schools list

The number of Philadelphia schools on the Pennsylvania Department of Educations list of persistently dangerous schools declined from 19 to 10, a drop of 47 percent.

The total number of violent incidents District-wide declined 14.25 percent from 4,921 to 4,220 in the 2010–2011 school year. In the high school subcategory, the total number of violent incidents also declined by 15.4 percent from 2,007 to 1,698 incidents in the 2010–2011 school year.

“The significant reduction in the number of schools designated as Persistently Dangerous is due in large part to the hard work and partnership between students, teachers, administrators, principals and members of the Office of School Safety,” said Dr. Leroy Nunery, Acting Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.

“We are very grateful for our partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department which has provided us with the leadership of Chief Inspector Myron Patterson and the assistance of many police officers. We have put in place the recommendations from the Safe School Audit of 2009–2010; trained principals and school-based teams through Safety Team meetings; deployed anti-bullying and other tactics to address climate issues; and continue to have ongoing discussions about how to improve our responses to school violence. We intend to continue to work with school communities, the Mayor, the District Attorney and others to remain vigilant on the complexities of school climate,” said Dr. Nunery.

The schools removed from the list are: Roberto Clemente Middle School; Stephen Douglas High School; Thomas Fitzsimons High School; Horace Furness High School; Simon Gratz High School; Olney East High School; Olney West High School; Overbrook High School; Roxborough High School; Edwin Vare Middle School; and Robert Vaux Middle School.

Schools still on the list are: Edison High School; Fels High School; Frankford High School; Kensington Business High School; Lincoln High School; Northeast High School; Sayre High School; Shaw Middle School; South Philadelphia High School; and Strawberry Mansion High School.