Thursday Morning News Roundup

Schools aim to be havens after classes Tribune
".. to be extraordinarily
important as we strive to make our schools and the communities as
absolutely safe as possible," schools chief Arne Duncan said. ...

Marshall High School attendance not as bad as previously though Chicago Defender
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials received some unexpected good news when they learned Monday that hundreds of Marshall High School ...

UIC Receives $2.1 Million Grant to Prepare CPS Principals
University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban Education Leadership program
has received a $2.1 million grant to prepare 50 principals for Chicago
Public Schools over the next three years.

Special ed teacher also helped homeless
Chicago Tribune ... degree in early childhood education from DePaul University in 1976, Mrs. Ford started a nearly 30-year career with the Chicago Public Schools. ...

Restoring Classroom Justice AlterNet A study released in 2005 by the Advancement Project found that in 2003, more than 8000 students were arrested in Chicago public schools, including four ...

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  • September 13, 2007 at 02:05PM,

    Well, no I don't think that's what they're saying. I doubt that any of the regular posters on this board are in support of any school or classroom being over-crowded. What they are objecting to is the lack of equality--that one group, the charters get to cap enrollment while the neighborhoods are not allowed to do that; yet they are both measured against each other by the numbers guys.

  • And yet, George, that's why I support Charter schools. Because some dunderhead or group of dunderheads has decided that all students should be educated, even if that includes students who make school miserable for the rest of the student body. As long as that attitude remains, I see no justice in not allowing the other students to transfer to more peaceful schools.

  • But no matter what a child has been through due to brutal parents or poverty or what not, he does not have the right to terrorize his fellow students. It's why we have special ed for BD students, because we know that if you provide the appropriate supports for these students, they won't be a terror, and if we can't get them to stop being a terror, we put them in a self-contained classroom where they aren't depriving the other 25 students of their educational opportunity.

    The decision to let gang bangers roam the halls, intimidating and shaking down (and worse) other students is a policy decision. That policy decision is an injustice against the rest of the student body. Too often, people look at only the disruptive student and his rights and forget the other students, even though what happens to the disruptive student has implications for them too. So, in that context, it becomes necessary to have a separate school for families that are involved and don't want their child's only opportunity to receive an education to be sabotaged by other students.

    Fix the policy, you'll reduce the appetite in the community for school choices.

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