The new chief officer of Chicago public schools has a fresh strategy for preventing the killings of public school students. Such killings occur with alarming regularity; 67 since the start of the 2007 -2008 academic year. If this doesn’t sound bad enough, the 67 doesn’t include the hundreds of students who were shot or beaten but managed to survive. Right now Derrion Albert—the football player and honor student who was beaten to death when he got caught between rival gangs—is dominating the headlines. But anyone who lives in Chicago expects that we’ll soon know another name. The violence is relentless.
Enter Ron Huberman, the new chief officer of Chicago public schools. He has a plan to stop the killing, one that is based on an analysis of more than 500 students who were attacked. The plan might work, provided that Chicago is able to resist its inevitable temptations. Read More