Schools Still Kicking Troublemakers Out?

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The Tribune says that at risk Chicago kids are routinely denied access to
neighborhood schools like Marshall, despite the Huberman mandate to
help keep more kids off the street (Students in custody or suspended struggle to return to class).  Should troublemaking kids have access to their
home school no matter what, and is this more of an issue now than it
has been in the past?  Are schools being told to stop disenrolling kids, or is it the same old same old?  Would you want principals and school counselors to have access to information about kids' law enforcement records? 

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  • I think that if kids are truly disruptive and unruly; they will only bring down the ones in the classroom that truly want to learn, so they have to go.

    However, they should have access to alternative schooling, like home school programs that utilize the Internet, night schooling, etc. No one should outright be denied education; even people in prison can get their GED or master's degree.

  • This is a very difficult issue. In some respects, it depends on why the student was suspended. At my previous school, fights were a regular occurrence. After a 10-day suspension, the students came back. Frequently, they would get into more fights. How many times should we allow a student who demonstrates clear violent tendencies to come back? At what point does the safety of the students and faculty take precedence over the right of a single student to attend a school? Or by sending the student somewhere else are you just making it someone else's problem? I think we're still waiting for someone who can come up with a real solution to the violence problem that is endemic to so many of our schools.

  • Retired Principal said: "The needs of the many, out weigh the needs of the few or the one," however, administrators must follow the "Student Code Of Conduct" and do the proper paperwork. Students have rights and if you don't want them in your school, then do the proper paperwork to send them to a different educational setting!

  • Right! Sure! have you seen the papaerwork--who is to do all of it? You have to bring it in personally and 1 T is not crossed and you have to start over--you get NO help form the MSD or LAW. There are no schools to send these kids to--and then they threaten you! WHEN ARE THE PARENTS RESPONSIBLE??!!!!

  • There are alternative schools that take adjudiated youth straight from incarceration and into the classroom. IDOC/Healy South, IDOC/Healy North, and Center Factory Alternative High Schools have been providing transitional services for students who are released from the juvenile detention center for over ten years and we are still going strong. We are CPS alternatives that educate almost 500 adjudicated youth per year, picking them up opon their release from detention at any point in the school year and helping them refocus on academics and social skills. We have dedicated staffs that are highly experienced in working with at-risk students, and we are proud of our many successes in re-engaging youth who would have otherwise slipped through the cracks. I'm rather surprised the probation officer in the Trib story didn't know about us as we have a long and successful history of collaboration with juvenile probation.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    I'm surprised the reporter didn't know. Go figure.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    Darryl Gibson (former LSC member of Fenger, etc.) says parental involvement is virtually non-existent in many schools in poor communities, and his proposal would address the problem while raising the expectations for academic success of both parents and students.
    RIGHT Darryl--and the teachers at closed and closing schools are suffering for it.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    Retired Principal said: Dear District 299 Reader, not only have I seen the paperwork, I have filled out the paperwork to have hundreds of students removed from my school, the legal way over the years. Is there a lot of paperwork? Yes, but you must do what you have to do for the good of your school and your students!

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