School Choice Toolkit
MAY 23, 2012 | Policy Brief by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION
Children at Pennsylvania’s worst-performing schools are frequently subjected to acts of violence.
In the worst 140+ schools alone, with some 80,000 children, students faced nearly 10,000 acts of violence in 2008-10, including robberies, rapes, riots, bomb threats and assaults. That’s a violent act every 17 minutes.
In the bottom 5 percent of schools in the 2010-11 school year, only 32 percent of students were proficient in reading and 38 percent proficient in math on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).
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