IT'S NO SECRET that the Philadelphia School District has budget woes, resulting in layoffs last month and expectations of more cuts this year.
But that shouldn't keep parents, educators and the district from eliminating bullying and violence, School Reform Commissioner Lorene Cary said last night at an SRC meeting.
"Often what we say is 'Oh, well, the SRC has cut everything there is, so what can we do?' " Cary said. "In fact, we have to do it anyway. The children are in school every day, and we've got to figure out what else can we do."
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools presented its report last night at the meeting, recommending that the district provide adequate social-support services for at-risk students and their families and clarify the relationship between district police and the city Police Department, among other suggestions.