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Video: Fenger Doing Better?

Video: Fenger Doing Better?

Things are a lot better at Fenger, according to NBC News -- in large part due to school programs focused on preventing and resolving conflicts among students rather than letting them play themselves out or traditional discipline.  Too bad the money for the extra services is about to run out. Click below for the video segment.

 

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  • In relation to the NBC story on Fenger some credit has to go to former CPS CEO Ron Huberman who in 2010 agreed to appropriate funds for the culture of calm program. The cuts that have taken place in relation to this program since Mr. Huberman left CPS have weakened the program to a degree. But as the story indicates the implementation at Fenger has continued and has worked based on the metrics established back in 2010.

    Huberman is asked schools how they plan to get to a culture of calm—and they submitted wish lists of what they need. That I think why the culture of calm worked were it did at a school like Fenger. Ron Huberman deserved some credit for at least listening to schools on this issue.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Enrollment at Fenger is extremely low. MIght they have been allowed to do what they did at Harper post-turnaround? Y'know, kick out the bad kids?

    http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/turnaround-school-posts-sharp-drop-enrollment

  • If they did kick out the bad boys then they did it without impacting too many disabled kids because I and other advocates didn't get these cases. When Orr purged kids we had several dozen reaamission cases.

    Maybe I was just happy to hear something might have worked at least to some degree at Fenger.

    Rod Estvan

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