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Report Shows Violence Continuing to Decline in Philadelphia Public Schools

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(Students go through security screening at Fels High School.  2012 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

(Students go through security screening at Fels High School. 2012 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia school district has received some welcome news about school safety.

Only two current Philadelphia schools are on the state’s latest list of “Persistently Dangerous Schools”:   Lincoln and Sayre High.

Shaw Middle School was too, but Shaw was among the 24 schools permanently closed last June.

Beeber Middle School, and Douglas, Frankford, Kensington Business, and Strawberry Mansion high schools were removed from the “dangerous” list.

The district says that overall, violent incidents declined 32 percent, down for the third year in a row (see previous story).

Violent incidents went down in every category last year except abductions and attempts, which rose from 9 to 15; and robberies, which were up 7½ percent (132 incidents to 142).

Read the KYW Regional Affairs Council special report, “Class Action: Making Schools Safe

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