Good news seems out of place this year, when so many things have gone so badly, but it’s helpful to remember that in and among the carnage and conflict there are some individual and collective accomplishments worth admiring.
Among them may be the story of the efforts of everyone at Fenger — students, parents, teachers, and administrators — who experienced the trauma of the Derrion Albert beating and kept moving ahead.
The story is told in the Tribune (How four Fenger High School students overcame obstacles to reach graduation), where it’s noted that 130 kids graduated earlier this year, thanks in part to a $1.6 million federal grant that allowed for a big increase in counselors. (“I essentially bought them a parent,” said Fenger principal Kimberly Dozier.)
Of course, there are lots of other Fengers out there in CPS, and of course there’s lots still wrong there and everywhere else.