Life in Rahm’s Chicago. This year school principals measure test scores, dropout rates and funerals.
July 9, 2012
Linda Lutton of Chicago public radio reports on Chicago’s year of increasing violence.
Leonetta Sanders is principal at Harper High School in the Englewood neighborhood. But on this day, she’s also a mourner, one of hundreds overflowing a little church at 88th and Hermitage. She is wearing a bright orange shirt, the color of lilies and popsicles.
One floor above us, in the sanctuary, the casket is covered with flowers. Shakaki Asphy was 16, just finished sophomore year, a girl who loved basketball and playing the drums. She was shot on a porch talking to friends.
Principals think about numbers all the time. Test scores and attendance and dropout rates. This year, Sanders is counting funerals, too.