International Association of Chiefs of Police are meeting in Chicago this week. Photo: DNAinfo
Everyone is to blame? Really? Individual schools and teachers forced kids to take standardized tests? They passed laws or set up funding contests that required or promoted the use of of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers?
For years now state and federal policymakers have known that kids are being saddled with too many mandated standardized tests. It wasn’t until teachers and parents and principals and superintendents began making strong waves that they finally started to agree. Blaming individual schools and teachers seems way beyond the point. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post.
Dem Party’s pick to replace under-fire county court clerk is no reformer either https://t.co/FSrNX7Dl1Q
— Dan Mihalopoulos (@dmihalopoulos) October 24, 2015
The attempt to blame the gangs fundamentally diverts attention from the fact that to McCarthy’s police — and the Emanuel machine to which he owes allegiance — black lives don’t really matter. In the 1990s CPD clearance rates for homicide ranged from 64% to 69%. The Superintendent admitted that by September 2015, only 23% of all homicides were cleared. Read that again: less than one in four homicides resulted in an arrest. John Hagedorn, Gangs and the Media.
Chicago police later reported more than 60 people were arrested near McCormick Place. They face misdemeanor charges of obstructing traffic. CBS News.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 25, 2015
Photo credit: Travis Dove for The New York Times.