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District tries new approach to school violence

The Philadelphia School District announced a plan yesterday to address violence in 46 of the most dangerous schools, including 26 that are on the state’s list of persistently dangerous schools.

The Philadelphia School District announced a plan yesterday to address violence in 46 of the most dangerous schools, including 26 that are on the state’s list of persistently dangerous schools.

All 46 schools will have security cameras installed, implement the CompStat system used by the Philadelphia Police Department, appoint an administrator to monitor attendance and truancy and receive training on incident reporting.

The list of schools includes South Philadelphia High, which was the site of well publicized attacks against Asian students last year. The goal is to have no district schools on the persistently dangerous list by 2012, a goal that Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunnery called “ambitious.”

 
 
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