Summer vacation may be coming to an end, but there is no end to the absurdity of what's going on in the schools.
There were three major events this weekend!
1. SAFE PASSAGE
The weekend got started with CPS announcing its expansion of the Safe Passage Routes on Friday only to have two people shot on one of those routes on Saturday. I know, I know...it's still vacation time. I am sure once school is in session, these routes will be much safer.
I decided to look a little closer at some of the routes and this is by far my favorite. The area outlined in blue is the attendance area for the school. Note - there is no "safe passage" route within that blue area.The school itself is represented by the blue dot towards the bottom of the page. The "safe" part is in yellow.
Don't you feel safer already?
2. CHILDREN SAFETY ZONE PROGRAM
Speed cameras are going up around the city as I type this. According to Rahm, this is to remind people to slow down around schools and parks. I guess those pesky Speed Humps that surround the schools and parks already aren't reminder enough. Oh, that's right...Speed Humps don't provide revenue for the city.
The rules are as follows:
Enforcement times will be limited to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays in school zones, with a 20 mph speed limit from from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. when children are present, and a 30 mph speed limit from 4-7 p.m. A 30 mph speed limit will be enforced from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. every day of the week in park zones.
The sidewalks are safer...the streets are safer...NOW parents can even come to school. I bet you didn't know that, but Gov. Quinn made sure to sign a new law. You know - like a special invitation for parents to actually be responsible and do their job.
3. BRING YOUR PARENTS TO SCHOOL DAY
Governor Quinn signed this law on Saturday to encourage parents to get involved with their children's education. "It's set for the first Monday in October when parents can attend class with their children and meet with teachers and administrators." Read full story here
I've asked many parents to come and join their child in class over the years and do you know how many took me up on the offer? I'm sure you do...zero!
But parents don't mark you calendars too soon...this law doesn't take effect until January 1, 2014!
Are you shaking your head yet? I know I am.