latest in a slew of national stories about youth violence in Chicago,
this article from the New York Times details how some kids at Crane
high school in Chicago are being escorted to school each day by parents
and police -- a "joyless parade," as the article describes it (After Killings, Escorts for Chicago Students).
What the article doesn't note is the far-reaching damage that
Mayor Daley and Chicago school officials are doing to their own school
reform efforts by conflating out-of-school teen deaths with the city's
school system -- for little apparent benefit -- or why city officials
are, willy-nilly, linking street and school violence.
For city officials, the original motivation behind emphasizing the
school connection to any violent incident was apparently to secure
funding and enhanced gun control legislation. Neither of these things
Instead, Chicago schools are once again being described
as violent and dysfunctional -- and few outside the system understand
that this is largely a broader Chicago issue. As the Times reports,
none of this year's teen deaths have happened at school,
and that most of those killed had troubled pasts. In-school violence
is down over all, thanks to $55 million a
year in security efforts by CPS.
Previous posts: Murder Epidemic In Chicago Isn't Really School Crime
Filed under: Campaigns & Clout