THE DEPARTMENT of Human Services should place social workers in Philadelphia public schools that have a high concentration of students involved with the child-welfare or juvenile-justice systems, DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose said yesterday.
Ambrose was speaking at a news conference held to announce the results of a multiagency study that found that those students are more likely to underperform academically and less likely to attend class.
Overall, students in that group make up about 17 percent of the Philadelphia School District. Among high school students, the ratio jumps to 20 percent.
The findings were released in a report - completed by the PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and commissioned by DHS, the school district, the Mayor's Office of Education and the School Reform Commission - that examines the level of DHS involvement in the school system.