Exacerbating Youth Violence?

The violence in Chicago is finally getting national attention. Thirty-four

Chicago teens have been killed this year -- up from 27 and 31 the

previous years. But what did Arne Duncan know (and do) about growing

rates of youth violence in Chicago while he was there?

Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh suggests that large-scale changes in housing patterns are to blame (What’s fueling Chicago’s violence?). Others would suggest that forcing students to change high schools for

two years under Renaissance 2010 only exacerbated the problem.

What else did Duncan do? What else could he have done, realistically?

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