Ohio Schools, Persistently Dangerous?

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, November 10, 2003 - 12:02 AM
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The Ohio Department of Education says there aren’t any persistently dangerous schools in Cleveland or the rest of Ohio. An examination of more than 7,500 incident reports reveals hundreds of assaults, fights, and other crimes over the last two years in the Cleveland Municipal School District. A federal law allows students to transfer from schools labeled “persistently dangerous.” Each state creates its own standards, but the low number of schools designated as persistently dangerous in Ohio has raised some eyebrows. A school is considered to be persistently dangerous under Ohio law when two or more violent criminal offenses per 100 students occur in a year. The other stipulation is that the incidents must happen on school grounds for two consecutive years.

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