Persistently dangerous NYC middle school still earns an "A"

12/19/2007 | NYTimes.com

Despite regular violence, vandalism and other crime, the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media middle school received an "A" in New York City's recent report cards, even though it also resides on the New York State Education Department's list of "persistently dangerous" schools. However, the school has raised the scores of its lowest-performing students despite low overall averages, and safety considerations represent just 2.5% of a school's total grade under the city's scoring system.

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