Addressing violence in Philadelphia public schools

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Duong Nghe Ly, a student at South Philadelphia High School, discussing racial attacks at the school in September 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a riveting investigative series on violence in Philadelphia public schools. In-depth coverage by five Inquirer reporters focused on the enormous challenges the District faces in creating a safe learning environment for every student from kindergarten to twelfth grade.  Fingers can be pointed at all the adults in the lives of our city’s children, but everyone agrees that violence in the one place where children should feel physically and emotionally protected cannot be tolerated.  While the epidemic of school violence may at times seem overwhelming and insurmountable, there are programs that have proven successful in changing the culture of schools. In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll talk with Inquirer reporter KRISTEN GRAHAM and representatives from two of  the programs featured in the Inquirer‘s series — JOHN BAILIE from the International Institute for Restorative Practice’s SaferSanerSchools program and  BARRY McCURDY from the Devereux Foundation’s Center for Effective Schools.

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