It’s Friday afternoon just about dismissal time. Prime fight time for CPS students, according to Linda Lutton, who predicts one is taking place at 35th and King right about now. Indeed, CPS educators and longtime readers of this blog know that fights are distressingly common and frequently go unreported. Parent Matt Farmer recently wrote that he was more likely to hear about head lice than he was about safety issues.
Meantime, CPS chief Ron Huberman was on WTTW the other night (Chicago Tonight) but provides precious few details about the school safety plan that he’s been talking about for weeks now.
His $30M initiative will focus on
200 kids who are at the most immediate at risk of being shot, targeting 38 schools that have the most kids. But Huberman won’t identify the 38 schools, or let anyone examine the statistical model that was used. There’s no timeframe for the mentorship and job opportunities that he’s talked about. He rejects Mark Brown’s idea that the CTA could help with more direct routes and closer stops. This makes me wonder: Where’s the plan, and why can’t anyone see it?