Last Thursday CPS revealed some of their new "safety features" they plan to implement when they close and then merge schools together. They already know that they will be forcing students who "just don't get along" to coexist on the way to school, throughout the longer school day, and once again on their way home.
Here are some of their new-found tactics:
- Schools receiving "displaced" students will get one additional security guard and all security personnel will get additional training. Does this mean security personnel weren't properly trained to begin with, or does this mean that even the powers-that-be know they are increasing the odds of violent behavior?
- Parents and community VOLUNTEERS are expected to staff Safe Passage routes. Are these the same parents that do not show up for Parent/Teacher Conferences and quite often take little interest in their child's education? Are these some of the same parents that are allegedly gang members themselves?
- A new team will be formed consisting of 20 CPS employees. They will just have one purpose - focus on the safety needs during this period of change. Who are these 20 employees? How are they trained for this position? Or, is this more bureaucracy at the top?
- And my favorite...safety reviews will be completed at those schools that will be getting the "displaced" students. Then cameras, alarm systems, and other screening equipment will be installed as needed. So, again, are we not so secure now? What kind of trouble is CPS expecting?
- And I love how B3 (Barbara Byrd-Bennett) claims that while ensuring students' safety the quality of education will continue to improve.
Where are they getting all this money since CPS and the city of Chicago is so broke?
I know as an educator none of this is making me feel more secure especially in light of the fact CPS is claiming that upwards of 36 students in a classroom is still considered efficient. Thankfully we now have those longer school days and a longer school year to deal with all of this upcoming chaos!
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