What jumped out at me from today's WBEZ story about CPS arrests wasn't the disproportionate rates for Black kids or the difficulties getting records expunged.
It was the comment made by the reporter Linda Paul during the 9 am Morning Shift about just how important teachers feel the police presence is despite the fact that it sometimes results in arrests that might not be necessary and can't easily be expunged.
The show isn't online yet but you can read Paul's comment here about how teachers don't understand just how permanent an arrest record is.
It's an age-old dynamic, and a difficult balancing act. If you take the police out of schools, or tell administrators not to call the police, then you leave teachers and innocent kids at risk.
If you over-police you run the risk of disadvantaging kids later in life who may otherwise be poised to have productive lives and careers.