2.9.08

IT TAKES MORE THAN MONEY. The first day of school in Chicago included some civic theater as state senator James Meeks brought several busloads of Chicago residents to New Trier Township to register them in a well-to-do school district.
New Trier Township spent nearly $17,000 per student in 2005-06 and Sunset Ridge spent about $16,000, while Chicago Public Schools spent an estimated $10,400 per pupil.
People in the New Trier district supported the effort, although state rules require that the students who applied for admission will probably be denied because they're not district residents.

Although differences in resources matter, living conditions also matter. There are many weekends when the Chicago school system has the equivalent of a Northern Illinois shooting to deal with on the Monday. That was the case over Labor Day, with one ten year old girl who took her blind sister for a walk being killed in a gang shootout and a thirteen year old girl visiting relatives also apparently being killed in another gang shootout. That girl's parents had moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the hopes of providing a safer environment, including safer schools for her.

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