Monday Morning News: Board-Certified Teachers, State Supe Candidates, & More

CPS to parents: Push for more high-quality teachers Defender
CPEF's Janet Knupp said parents should ask
schools about the number of NBC-teachers in their child's school and
the number of teachers who are pursuing the certification.

Lawmaker taking aim at state schools job Tribune
State Sen. Kimberly Lightford said
Thursday that she will apply to become the next state schools
superintendent at the request of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, a move
that will set the stage for heated debate about who should be the next
leader of Illinois' education agency.

Fresh start at Cabrini-Green CST
Long-awaited construction of a 760-unit mixed-income community at
Cabrini kicks off with a groundbreaking this morning. Parkside of Old
Town will feature 228 townhomes and apartments for CHA families, and
will be the first new housing built on land where Cabrini high-rises
once stood.

Branded for life Children's advocates oppose Illinois law ... NW Times
While juveniles were responsible for at least 26 percent of all Cook
County sex crimes in 2005, a law that requires juvenile offenders to
register with local authorities lacks support among children's
advocates.  Andres Durbak, the director of safety and security for Chicago Public
Schools, said administrators and teachers are trained to be sensitive
to both child victims and juvenile offenders involved in sex crimes.

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  • Mr. Durbak's comments were very interesting. First off I do know that there are some specific special education programs in CPS aimed at students idenitified as emotionally disturbed in relation to being either a victim or a perpetrator of a sex crime.

    I have not found the training of staff in schools where some of these students may be placed to in any way be up to the task. Moreover, there is a critical lack of social work, psychological service, and support from DCFS for these students. Because of special education confideniality rules most of the staff could be unaware if a child labled EBD was a victim or perpetrator unless they were the student's service provider.

    Durbak's data on the reduction in student on student sex crimes in CPS excludes all CPS special education students sent at the cost of CPS to private sector schools for emotionally disturbed students. Moreover, it does not count sex crimes that take place at Cook County Junivenile Detention unless they actually happened in a Nancy Jefferson CPS classroom in that facility. None of these sex crimes in the Detention center take place in the classrooms, they take place in the dorms. These crimes are not counted in the CPS data sets as far as I know.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living of Metro Chicago

  • It is true that sex crimes are committed by non-disabled students as 9:14 notes, however very often they are identified in CPS as emotionally behavior disordered subsequent to having either been a victim or a perpetrator, particularly those students who are in elementary school. Often the Junivenile Court will order CPS to conduct an evaluation of the student.

    There is a good reason for this identification and that is the student can not recieve services for emotional issues related to sex crimes if they are not identified. Moreover, many of these students are or become following the sex crime DCF wards and DCF has an obligation to get services for these students part of which will be though the school district.

    It goes without saying that very few students with a label of EBD have had any involvement either as a victim or perpetrator. What is seen most often, sadly, is children who have been sexually victimized within their own familes. Because CPS is so big at any one time there are a good number of these very unfortunate children in the system. Some are serviced in the private sector and some do end up in Junivenile Detention attending Nancy Jefferson School eventually. Some are no doubt in regular schools.

    This small aspect of the special education system is probably its most depressing component and one most of us in schools would rather not know about.

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