As I reached the train
platform this morning, I noticed a high school girl wearing sweatpants and a backpack who had just exited the train and was walking down, presumably to go to school. I assume that she was on her way to nearby Schurz High School
. In about 6 years, high school for The Boy will be on our minds. It’s really not that far away. If schools get better by parent/community involvement and marketing power
, maybe it’s time to get involved in the local high schools in the hopes that by the time my 7-year-old is ready for them, they’ll be worth attending?
However, high school is still a daunting thought to me. First, there are only a handful of selective enrollment high schools in the city, which means that competition is fierce. One group, the North Side High School Initiative
, is trying to start the process to improve options at the high school level. Unfortunately, this group is from/focused on wards 32, 42, 46 and 47; I’m in ward 39.
Second, and slightly more upsetting, is the issue of school violence at the high school level. Last week, I attended the League of Women Voters
‘ lunch talk on school violence in CPS. Unfortunately, I missed the first 5 and the last 20 minutes of the presentation because I had to work, and missed the speaker’s name. However, he was an administrator with Chicago Public Schools and presented data from a September 2009 PowerPoint deck on school violence. While the deck did present some good information (80% of school violence takes place in 38 schools, for example), the presenter had taken the CPS spin class, and could/would not give me specific answers to some of my questions (like the names of the 38 schools
I’m committed to CPS through 8th grade, but will we be city-dwellers after 2017? It has nothing to do with street cred; I’m not sure I can hack the politics of everything.