CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.
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U of C charter students honor Trayvon Martin
High school students from the University of Chicago Charter School in Woodlawn marched from their campus to 63rd Street and University Avenue Wednesday morning for an assembly in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a self-described neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. (Photo story)
The young men who organized the event recited poems and talked about how the shooting affected them, then spoke about their career goals and named the colleges that they plan to attend. Afterward, the group raised their hoodies, which have become a symbol of support for Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was killed.
Senior Tevin Jones, one of the student leaders of the planning team, said the march was a way to focus attention on the issues raised by Martin’s death. “We thought about how we [as young black men] are victimized because of our appearance,” said Jones, who plans to study engineering at Morehouse College.
Photos by Grantlin Banks.