Defining dangerous down

What defines a “dangerous school?” A new Reason Foundation study finds that schools have unreasonable and erratic definitions of “dangerous,” underreport school crime and don’t provide parents with accurate information about school crime.

Most school violence is concentrated in a few schools. According to the National Center for Education Statistics during the 1999-2000 school year 2 percent of schools (1,600) accounted for approximately 50 percent of serious violent incidents and 7 percent of public schools (5,400) accounted for 75 percent of serious violent incidents.

Students enrolled in a “persistently dangerous” school have a right to transfer to a safer school in the district under No Child Left Behind, but that doesn’t do much good when districts aren’t honest about school violence data.

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