Persistently dangerous schools list out

The Philadelphia School District has released the list of schools considered Persistently Dangerous under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  As I wrote here yesterday, the number of persistently dangerous schools dropped from 19 last year to 10 this year.

But now we know who's on the list.

It's: Edison, Fels, Frankford, Kensington Business, Lincoln, Northeast, Sayre, South Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion High Schools and Shaw Middle School.

Northeast High is new to the list this year.

The schools that came off the list are Douglas, FitzSimons, Furness, Gratz, Olney East, Olney West, Overbrook, Roxborough, and Vaux High Schools and Clemente and Vare Middle Schools.

Inclusion on the list is based on reported incidents of violence over two years.

Reported incidents of violence are also down district-wide, officials said.  The total number of violent incidents reported dropped from 4,921 to 4,220.  That's a 14 percent drop, though that number is a bit misleading, since it doesn't take into account a drop in student population over the years.  (We're working on calculating that now.)

Of course, as The Inquirer has reported over the past year, violence has been widely underreported in the district, though officials say they are taking steps to fix that.

What do you make of the numbers?

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