Urban Violence Has Wide-Ranging Impact on Schools

Baltimore, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and St. Louis have similar crime rates to Chicago, and it’s possible that schools in those cities have similar issues, according to Burdick-Will.

“Dealing with urban violence has ripple effects we’re only starting to understand,” she said. “We can’t think about violence as something happening to kids in an isolated part of the city where I don’t live. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. High crime rates may be concentrated in specific areas, but their effects can be felt in schools all over the city.”

The study was published June 12 in the journal Sociology of Education.

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