Who Starting Linking Violence To Schools?

image from wwwimage.cbsnews.comEric Zorn says it was Vallas who first started talking about CPS kids getting shot or killed regardless of whether it happened in school (Counting murdered students unfairly tars public schools) and that may be so, but it was Duncan and Daley who really pushed it as I remember -- trying to get support for gun control laws (or diminish public outrage, if you're a conspiracy type).  On the underlying issue of fairness to schools, I'd argue that it's not entirely unfair.  Derrion Albert's murder was school-related, right?  About weekends and random drive-by shootings I don't know.  But if it happens going to or from school, or stems from a hallway beef, then count it, I say.  

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  • I was in a central office position, interacting with Vallas, at the time the first student was killed during his administration. He was at the hospital and with the family, and was visibly shaken by the incident. Vallas was appalled that the family did not have funds to bury their son. As a result, he started the Children's First Foundation in major part to give parents upfront funding for funeral and burial expenses; the fund was replenished by state funds that became available after the fact. I never saw an ulterior political motive for Vallas' concern and actions.

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