PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A blue-ribbon panel of city and school leaders is trying to find ways to make Philadelphia schools safer.
Mayor Nutter convened the first meeting of the Commission on Safe Schools, saying kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe:
“If you’re worried on a regular basis about what’s going to happen on the way to school, in school, after school, and back at home, why would you go to school?”
The panel has ambitious goals, including reducing the number of persistently dangerous schools from 20 to zero in two years. The group is working to put into action the recommendations of a security firm hired to audit the most dangerous schools. Those recommendations include collecting and analyzing data from security cameras and metal detectors, and getting more school staff to use their ID badges.
The 52-member group is expected to meet quarterly and issue annual reports to the mayor and superintendent.
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio