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WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $6,308,088 to seven schools in Philadelphia to reduce violence and improve educational outcomes.

“Ensuring our children receive a quality education in a safe environment is vital to the future strength of our communities and our nation,” said Senator Casey. “I am pleased to see funds going to the Philadelphia schools most in need of support to prevent violence and promote a nurturing education system.”

The federal grants, awarded through the competitive Persistently Dangerous Schools Initiative, will be used to reduce violence within select schools through a combination of education, employment, mentoring and case management strategies.

The funding will be used for school restructuring efforts and alternative learning strategies aimed at fighting the underlying causes of violence, high dropout rates and low student achievement. Expected outcomes for the initiative include decreased dropout rates, a reduction in school violence and improved student behavior and academic performance.

Funds have been awarded to the following schools in Philadelphia:

School, Amount
Overbrook High School, $960,356
Germantown High School, $960,356
University City High School, $960,356
Lincoln High School, $960,355
West Philadelphia High School, $960,355
Bartram High School, $960,355
Fitzsimons High School, $545,955


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