John Hagedorn, UIC professor of criminology, law and justice, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on the Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program to provide security for children going to new schools. John was a GCI Faculty Scholar 2012-13.
Less than three weeks before classes start, key elements of Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program to provide security for children going to new schools remain incomplete.
District officials say plans are on track to smoothly shift students from 47 schools being closed this year to nearby schools and that the routes students will take beginning Aug. 26 have been drawn up and vetted by police.
But Safe Passage routes have not been released to parents. Several vendors hired to carry out the Safe Passage program said they have not received maps of the streets they will be patrolling. Also, a full complement of workers is not yet in place, with many in line for jobs awaiting background checks.