CPS, Daley and Jesse Jackson Talk About Fenger

Officals met this morning to evaluate alternatives to Fenger High School

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009  |  Updated 12:32 PM CDT
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Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Public Schools officials to talk about solutions to the violence at Fenger High School.

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Converting Carver Military Academy into a dual use school was one of the ideas considered today by the Chicago Board of Education during a top level meeting about school violence.

Mayor Richard M. Daley, Rev. Jesse Jackson and CPS officials conducted the high level meeting on school violence this morning at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters downtown, WBBM Radio reports.

One of the solutions being discussed is allowing students who live near the Altgeld Gardens to enroll next year at Carver Military Academy, which is closer to their homes.

Solutions to the students’ violence are being sought after Fenger sophomore and honor role student Derrion Albert was killed on Sept. 24, during a fight that broke out between students residing near Fenger and others coming from the Altgeld Gardens area.

Entering Carver won’t be so easy, though.

The once open enrollment school is now a military academy that enrolls students based on strict criteria.

CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond said Thursday that CPS would ensure a few spots to open for Fenger students seeking alternatives.

The tensions at Fenger started when Carver was transformed into a military academy, forcing many students to go to Fenger.

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