Philadelphia School District officials have touted a 29 percent decline in serious incidents over the last two years.
Around the country, schools are trying to find effective ways to deal with violence among young students.
Keenan Williams was beaten so badly inside Simon Gratz High School on Feb. 4 that he spent the night in the hospital and had surgery for a broken eye socket.
The Philadelphia School District relies so heavily on suspensions that it excludes students from classes at a rate more than three times higher than the rest of the state.
Come September, Audenried High will become a charter school, one of 18 to be dramatically overhauled under Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman's Renaissance schools plan.
There are no chaotic class changes at Shallcross Academy.
When Manuel Gonzalez started kindergarten, his mother, Jasmin, told administrators at Elkin Elementary School in Kensington that he'd been diagnosed with a learning disability while in Head Start.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Palm trees aside, a tan stucco school more than 1,100 miles away can teach the Philadelphia School District some lessons.
When the city police officer entered the room, she saw LaKanya Eskridge, her face covered in blood.
"There was blood coming from her eyes, her nose, her mouth," Officer Cheryl Newton testified in court. "There was blood all over...
Of the nation's 10 largest cities, eight use armed police in some form. And in the ninth city, New York, officers receive far more training and scrutiny prior to hiring.
A long-awaited report on violence in the district confirmed a number of problems highlighted in an Inquirer series.
Buffeted by criticism, the school district will create a committee to review cases of student expulsion.