ERIC Number: EJ873644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
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Outcry against Violence: Beating Death of Student in Chicago Spurs Attention to a Nationwide Problem
Aarons, Dakarai I.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n5 p43-46 Jan 2010
In the wake of the beating death of a Chicago high school student in September, law-enforcement officials and educators have called for renewed efforts to stem youth violence. But they also acknowledged that money and programs alone won't solve the problem. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan traveled to Chicago in October to meet with city and school officials and pledge federal help in addressing a continuing wave of killings that claimed the lives of 34 Chicago students last school year. Duncan announced a $500,000 grant to help Christian Fenger Academy High School, which the beating victim attended, and its feeder elementary and middle schools. The money is from a federal program called Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence). To help combat the violence, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced plans to increase police presence at schools during dismissal times and at public-transportation stops with heavy student traffic. Some education activists blame the district's Renaissance 2010 program, which closed dozens of low-performing schools and replaced them with charters and charter-like schools, for the rise in violence. The closures have, at times, placed students from rival neighborhoods in the same school. In combating youth violence, some experts say, the best solutions come from local communities.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Violence, Federal Programs, High School Students, Law Enforcement, Federal Aid, Urban Schools, Grants, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Emergency Programs, Intervention, Police School Relationship, Homicide, Social Problems, Social Change
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Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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