New Catalyst Focuses On School Violence

1007catalyst_lrgMaking school a sanctuary Despite a districtwide decline, violence is up in some schools. Students and others say tougher security measures alone won't solve the problem. Parents want the real story CPS has yet to make school-level data on serious offenses, including incidents that sparked calls to the Chicago Police Department, widely available to parents and the public. State sets meaningless standard Under the Illinois criteria for designating a school as dangerous under No Child Left Behind, not one CPS building has ever received the label, even though numerous campuses have problems with violence year after year. Teaching alternatives to fighting Problems with serious fights and gang activity inside schools disrupt education for elementary students, as well as their older counterparts in high schools. Principals of elementary schools with high rates of violence say that helping young children learn to resolve conflict without fighting is key to curbing the problem.

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