How disengagement leads to crime
Check out Peter Hermann's column today about a forum he went to last week about the city's juvenile justice system. The headline is "Kids tell us why they've given up on school." Peter quotes a student from Western High who claims the school police officer there doesn't actually patrol. He quotes a student from New Era Academy who is bored and has stopped showing up. And he quotes a second New Era student who says a class he's taking on the Middle East isn't relevant to his life.
Sounds like a pretty depressing meeting.