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February 10, 2009

OBAMA'S EDUCATION CHIEF PRESIDED OVER A SYSTEM WITH OVER 500 STUDENT BEATINGS BY STAFF

CBS 2, Chicago - Hundreds of students have allegedly been beaten by teachers, coaches and staff at Chicago Public Schools. . . An exclusive CBS 2 investigation discovered . . . at least 818 Chicago Public School students since 2003 to allege being battered by a teacher or an aide, coach, security guard, or even a principal. In most of those cases - 568 of them - Chicago Public School investigators determined the children were telling the truth.

The 2 Investigators found reports of students beaten with broomsticks, whipped with belts, yard sticks, struck with staplers, choked, stomped on and pushed down stairs. One substitute teacher even fractured a student's neck. But even more alarming, in the vast majority of cases, teachers found guilty were only given a slap on the wrist.

CBS 2 informed former Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan of our investigative findings shortly before he was promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education. "If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It's very, very simple," Duncan said.

Before heading to Washington, he vowed to take action. "Any founded allegation where an adult is hitting a child, hitting a student - they're going to be gone," Duncan said.

But that's not what happened under Duncan's watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. . .

And another student was given "100 licks with a belt." The abuse was substantiated, but the records show the teacher was not terminated.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We desperately need Alfie Kohn at head of education in this country!!!

February 12, 2009 3:24 AM  

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