Tuesday, May 10, 2011

School safety report...some surprising findings

A report released by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago on the safety of their public schools, Student and Teacher Safety in Chicago Public Schools: The Roles of Community Context and School Social Organization, finds that the best predictor of whether students and teachers feel safe is the quality of relationships inside the school building.

The report "finds that while schools in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods tend to be less safe than other schools, students’ level of academic achievement actually plays a bigger role in school safety than a school’s neighborhood. Furthermore, even in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods, the quality of relationships among adults and students at a school can turn one school into a safe haven while another languishes as a center of violence." (Education Week)