The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a position within the Department of Education to act as an advocate for victims of violence in Philadelphia's public schools.

Gov. Ridge signed legislation in December forming the position of "safe-schools advocate" for the city's 210,000-student school district.

The new position comes in response to a yearlong state House subcommittee's investigation into violence in the school system.

"Litigation has moved the district very far in the direction of not being too hard on offenders," said State Rep. Alan Butkovitz

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