Five key elements of the much-covered (but little-understood) response by the Board of Education, the City, and the Obama administration to the murder of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert:
A hastily-planned, one day summit at a downtown hotel? A handful of additional federal dollars and a lot of hand-waving? Really - that's all you can come up with?
If this is such a big deal then why didn't President Obama participate? He goes to Copenhagen on Mayor
Daley's wild good chase but can't make it home for something far more
serious. Has he even seen the video, or called to console the family?
Why the insistence from the Obama administration describing what's
happening as "national" problem? Kids may be exposed to or affected by
violence everywhere, but shootings and murders aren't happening in
other big cities like they are in Chicago. Saying that it is doesn't
make it so.
How come Huberman still won't release the list of 38 schools with the
highest risk factors (or the study that he used to develop his plan)?
It's been well over a month now, and the plan's methods and details are
Blaming the violence on Renaissance 2010 is a convenient but
superficial explanation. Preserving the
old Fenger (or Carver) wouldn't have made a real difference. It's much worse -- much more serious -- than that.