Thursday, February 4, 2010

How Many People Remember the Story of Derrion Albert? Another Reason "turnaound schools" Might be a Bad Idea...

The name probably doesn't ring a bell, but I bet the story will. Derrion Albert's story
was made famous, like many news stories these days, because it was posted on YouTube. One of
Derrion's classmates recorded his murder on a cell phone in Chicago's Southside this past
September. Six other young students were taped beating this boy to death in the most
gruesome fashion.
What I didn't know at the time and most people still don't know is that Derrion was
a student at one of Chicago's new "turnaround" schools. I am providing a link to another
blog that covers the story from an interesting perspective that links Derrion's death to
a climate that was created by the newly "turned around" Fenger high school.

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