|"This is true community policing." -- Chief Garry McCarthy|
The Mayor's troops held the line on Immoral Monday.
Nobody was killed, at least between the hours of 7-8 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. when thousands of cops, fire fighters, Streets & San crews, yellow-vested $10/hr. new hires, and $85K/yr. business-suited CPS staffers manned the 92 Safe Passage routes at an estimated cost of $15.7 million.
However, a 28-year-old man was shot along one of the routes and a 14-year-old boy was shot to death near another one, the day before school started.
Actually, in all the years I've been in Chicago, sending all three of my kids to CPS schools, I can't recall any student ever being shot or killed on their way to the first day of school, even without the full-scale mobilization of troops to guard against the invisible army of "jaw-jacking" shooters supposedly poised waiting behind abandoned buildings to strike at dawn.
|Rahm skipped the triathlon to prepare for Day 1.|
Congratulations, Mr. Mayor. Now on to Day 2. The whole world is watching.
Closing schools diaspora
That's what WBEZ calls the dispersal of thousands of inner-city school children, scattered from closing schools to 287 schools in the system, many of them not designated as receiving schools or given any extra supports or staffing.
... numbers obtained through an open records request show some 2,200 students from closed schools have not enrolled in welcoming schools, suggesting that the ripple effects of the largest school closure in recent American history could go well beyond the communities where the closures took place.
The scenario also puts at risk the district’s promise to send every student to a higher performing school. For instance, Beidler, which itself has been on the shortlist for closure in the past, now has to manage an influx of students from eight shuttered schools (Stockton, Ross, Pope, Marconi, Goldblatt, Garfield Park, Calhoun and Bethune).