3 in 5 Chicago High School Teachers Report Campus Security Problems

CHICAGO — The Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute has released a report, “Student and Teacher Safety in Chicago Public Schools,” detailing the extent of the safety problems in those schools.

According to the report, nearly half of teachers in grades K – 8 reported significant problems related to disorder in the classrooms and hallways, physical student conflicts and student disrespect of teachers. Over 60 percent of high school teachers reported the same, but with the addition of gang activity.

The report concludes that district officials should concentrate resources on schools with low academic achievement – not necessary in the poorest neighborhoods. In addition, CPS students feel safe inside the classroom, but feel immediately unsafe outside of the school building. School administrators should better monitor areas lacking adult supervision, particularly in areas just outside the school building.

Read the full report.

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