PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) – The city’s federal prosecutor has announced a $3 million grant that will enable Pittsburgh Public Schools to study and combat violence.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton and Pittsburgh schools Superintendent Linda Lane formally announced the grant at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Pittsburgh is one of 100 districts across the country to apply for the U. S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice grants, and one of 15 to receive such a grant.

According to an announcement of the news conference, the grant is aimed at “Developing Knowledge About What Works To Make Schools Safe.”

The school district hopes to develop policies to improve perception of school safety, reduce the involvement of juvenile courts and the justice system in the schools, and reduce perceived gender and racial disparities when students are punished.

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