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Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2020 – State Senator Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) today announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded more than $5.3 million in grants to Philadelphia-based schools and community organizations for school safety and community violence reduction initiatives.

The Commission’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded $60 million statewide, including $52.5 million in School Safety and Security Grants and $7.5 million in Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants.

“Every Pennsylvania child deserves access to quality education. And it is our responsibility as a Commonwealth to provide every child with a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment,” Senator Tartaglione said. “This funding will help schools and communities in Philadelphia and across the state to bolster their security while implementing programs that reduce the threat of violence.”

The School District of Philadelphia was awarded $2.6 million to support numerous initiatives including conflict resolution, dispute management, and restorative justice strategies; positive behavior support; classroom management; anti-bullying programs; security-related planning and technology; staff and student training; training and compensation of school resource officers and school police; and implementing trauma-informed approaches to education.

Several independent Philadelphia schools received additional funding, including Belmont Charter, Mastery Charter – Pastorius Campus, Overbrook School for the Blind, Philadelphia Academy Charter, and Tech Freire Charter.

Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants were awarded to Women Against Abuse, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, MEE Productions Inc., Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Temple University, and City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

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