Parking Meter Money to Help Troubled Schools: Daley

By Steve Bryant
|  Thursday, Oct 8, 2009  |  Updated 3:34 PM CDT
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Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley attends a press conference after the Chicago 2016 presentation on October 2, 2009 at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 121st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on October 2 on whether Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro or Madrid will host the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Responding to continued community outrage over Derrion Albert's death, Mayor Daley today said he would use city funds to give jobs to underserved neighborhoods -- including one million dollars from the parking meter lease to fund another 500 jobs.

Speaking at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center in the South Side, Daley said he's also asked police to deploy resources to troubled schools at dismissal time and to launch a new "Safe Student Program" that would add 44 officers to overtime pay rolls.

The city had ID'd the 45 most at-risk schools that would benefit from increased police presence, Daley said, calling this a very troubling time in the city's history.

But, Daley cautioned, "the idea that you want only police to solve this -- It's never going to work."

The mayor also said he would never change school boundaries based on gang territories.

"That's the day you've given up on society," he said.

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