Thursday, April 17, 2014
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School district responds to Assault on Learning

Check out the Philadelphia School District's response to "Assault on Learning," our investigative series on school violence. There's a post on "A Broad View," the district's official blog. Find it at: http://www.phillyeducationblog.com/2011/03/school-violence-matter-of-public-health.html

School district responds to Assault on Learning

Check out the Philadelphia School District's response to "Assault on Learning," our investigative series on school violence.  There's a post on "A Broad View," the district's official blog. Find it at: http://www.phillyeducationblog.com/2011/03/school-violence-matter-of-public-health.html

I'll let the district speak for itself, but I do want to address one point - "The Inquirer would like to parse numbers, but whether violence is down 29% or 22% over the past two years, the fact remains, it is down."  I think it's important to note that we're talking about reported violence, and as today's story found, there's plenty of violence that is not reported.  Also, the district uses raw violence numbers to arrive at this conclusion, but the district's enrollment has been declining every year, and that's not accounted for in raw numbers.

My colleague Dylan Purcell breaks down the numbers here: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/special_packages/inquirer/school-violence/118574199.html

The district says that all this week, they'll be posting essays from principals, teachers and community members talking about what's going on in schools.  I look forward to reading them.


About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

During the school year, you’ll frequently find her hosting live chats about the district on Philly.com.

Please do pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter.


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