Most drug violations in CPS involve an ounce or less of marijuana. Schools are quick to call police, yet rarely have the resources to offer education, counseling or other non-punitive help to students.
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Fri night release is a classic politician's gambit. Remember The West Wing? "Throw out the trash on Friday" was the way to deal with politically-damaging news. Rahm Emanuel controls everything...
HP had no educational skin in CPS. He lacked intelligence and had no scruples. Why wasn't he relieved of his duties for official misconduct? Principals and teachers are held to an Employee Code...
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No Safety, No Homework
Victor Harbison's latest blog post is up at the New York Times, focusing on the effects of fear on students -- at school and now at home.
"Those of us who teach in such urban settings have to acknowledge that it is the rare student who feels safe and secure. That is the reality urban teachers face, day after day after day... People wonder why test scores are so low in urban schools. I’m not looking for an excuse, but it’s hard for me to stop thinking about the violence children experience every day in this city."
Harbison's experiences with urban violence are getting more and more close to home, but he keeps plugging along.