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PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) informed the School District of Philadelphia that none of its schools were designated Persistently Dangerous Schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is the first time the School District has no schools designated persistently dangerous by PDE.  The Persistently Dangerous School designation was created by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  

For the fourth consecutive year the District achieved a reduction in the total number of reported violent incidents.  The total number of violent incidents District-wide declined 9.9 percent, from 2,758 to 2,485 during the 2013-14 school year. The rate of violent incidents per 100 students remained unchanged from 1.84 to 1.83 when compared to the prior school year. Student enrollment dropped from 149,535 to 135,149 in the 2013-14 school year.  

“Our focus on improving school culture and safety throughout all of our schools resulted in the School District having no schools listed this year,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.  “More students are making the right choices and our principals, teachers, and school staff members are providing the right supports and guidance.  We are very proud of what our school communities continue to accomplish even with the limited resources they have.  We know that our work is not done on this front but, we are delighted to reach this very significant accomplishment. Safety remains a high priority and we will continue working to ensure positive and safe environments in every school.”  

The schools removed from the Persistently Dangerous Schools list are Lincoln High School and Sayre Middle School.


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