Youth Violence in Illinois

October 19th, 2009


 Today on Community Media & You, we take another look at how youth violence is impacting teens in Illinois. The recent events at Fenger High School exposed the nation to an arduous world Chicago African-American teen males must navigate. However, how does being a witness to this violence affect young women as they progress to adulthood? How is their education and development being impacted? What solutions are they seeking to reduce the level of violence in their communities?
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What Are We Learning From School Reform?

May 18th, 2009



Another school year comes to an end. With it, Chicago Public Schools saw more closings and its CEO, Arne Duncan, off to Washington.But this year, as Renaissance 2010 continues to redesign our educational system, activists and parents raise questions about CPS’ transparency.With little public oversight as to which schools will close, some see CPS’ decision making as unfair and arbitrary.

Support for government transparency has grown – Illinois State Representatives are pushing a bill to create an open planning process for CPS. The bill would mean the public would have more input before schools are closed or opened.

On this episode of Community, Media & You, we’ll talk more about the bill and the state of school reform in Chicago with Don Moore of Designs for Change, Andrea Lee of Grand Boulevard Federation and Parent Janette Beaton of Haines of Elementary.

Juvenile Justice

October 19th, 2007


Johnny is caught by a high school teacher returning a playground punch in a fight William started. But it’s the second fight this month for Johnny and the school’s principal calls the police. Johnny ends up as another case in Chicago’s infamous juvenile justice system, which some experts see as just another incubator for crime. Read the rest of this entry »




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