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January 6, 2013

By D. ERIC SCHANSBERG and CHARLES MITCHELL The holidays are a great time to be grateful for the gifts we've received....

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:30 PM

My comments and statistics are not meant to be racial in any way shape for form, they are intended to factual. If you don't believe my comments on Wilkinsburg, PA, visit there, trust me, I lived in the Pittsburgh Area for 7 years, probably not nearly as long as some, but I know the area in terms of where to stay away from. If you decide to tour through Wilkinsburg, keep your doors locked and windows up. Trust me, it's just better that way. In this state, it is fair to say that the violence largely stems from one select population of individuals or at the very least involves that population of individuals. I use the word population as a more 'polite' choice of terminology.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:27 PM

continued - I also think it's important to mention that all of this information is compiled from the same location and from 09-10, and above all of the statistics is says:

"Nearly 82,000 children are enrolled in the 141 public schools with available data on violence in Pennsylvania's lowest-performing 5 percent on student proficiency. These schools reported more than 4,500 violent incidents in the 2009-10 school year alone."

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:21 PM

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In Philadelphia's 86 failing schools, there were four incidents of involuntary sexual intercourse. Hannah Penn Middle School in York dealt with nine sexual assaults. Burton Elementary School in Erie City and Samuel Fels High School in Philadelphia saw the highest number of thefts, at 15.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:19 PM

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There were also 23 assaults on staff. o Wilkinsburg High School in the Pittsburgh area recorded the highest number of violent incidents, totaling 442. The school further saw 150 incidents of indecent exposure, 177 of reckless endangering, 11 robberies, 18 terroristic threats and 47 assaults-in a school of only 345 students

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:19 PM

i did some of the research myself actually, here's some stats on Pittsburgh, keep in mind these stats are from 09-10(couldn't find recent stats)

In 2009-10, these schools reported 4,547 violent incidents on students and staff to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. On average, there were 6 violent incidents (detailed in the adjacent table) per 100 students. Violent incidents ranged from zero at Benjamin Franklin School in Harrisburg City School District to 166 incidents per 100 students at Wilkinsburg Middle School in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County. Student assaults on other students were by far the most pervasive violent acts across the 141 schools-there were 1,698 total assaults. Woodland Hills Junior High School in Pittsburgh recorded 105 assaults on students; or about one for every six students. Fairless Elementary School (also in Woodland Hills School District) witnessed 94 assaults on students, nearly one for every three elementary students. There were also 23 as

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:18 PM

I like the letter I think it has valid points, however, I do have to ask, you referenced "violent schools in places such as Philadelphia & Pittsburgh", I'm curious, if you compare the two schools, which city really outways the other, how close is the comparison really? I mean if you're going to include subburbs or surrounding towns, such as Wilkinsburg (every door and window in the town has bars on the windows), & the Hill District in Pittsburgh, yes Pittsburgh has its share of violence. In fact, Benjamin Franklin School in Wilkinsburg is one of the most violent schools near the city. I think it should be noted that probably somewhere near 97% of the community of Wilkinsburg is African American..last time I was there, their McDonalds doesn't employ a single caucasian person.

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DavidBross

Jan-06-13 7:27 PM

"When it comes to education, there are inspiring new models even in some of the worst neighborhoods in Pennsylvania that are getting fabulous results at a fraction of the cost." Many of these "inspiring new models" do not have to deal with handicapped students and they engage in other forms of selected enrollment. Applying these models to public school is misguided at best. Having said that, I do agree that money by itself will not solve problems.

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nobud74

Jan-06-13 9:26 AM

Excellent letter. Thank you and I hope many read this. It's too bad that so many want to change so much of our constitution and our rights but are unwilling to tackle change for the sacred cows of education and welfare. Perhaps this will help in that fight.

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