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Document Number: 1665

Annual Report on School Safety: October 1998 - The data in this report show a decline in school crime and a reduction in the percentage of students carrying weapons to school. At the same time, the data indicate a substantial amount of crime, including violent crime, against both students and teachers. Steps for developing and implementing a comprehensive school safety plan are described in this report: (1) establish school-community partnerships; (2) identify and measure the problem; (3) set measurable goals and objectives; (4) identify appropriate research-based programs and strategies; (5) implement the comprehensive plan; (6) evaluate the plan; and (7) revise the plan on the basis of the evaluation. The report also provides information on what schools, students, parents, business leaders, law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies, and elected officials and government agencies can do to contribute to the creation of safer schools. Lastly, this report describes programs that are well designed and can be implemented in combinations to form a comprehensive school safety plan....

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