Reform not cause of Chicago's spike in student violence, Duncan says

10/8/2009 | USA Today

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday addressed student violence in Chicago and criticism that education reform has caused a surge in incidents. Sparking concern was the recent beating death of a 16-year-old high-school student in the city. Critics of the school system's improvement plan -- implemented by Duncan while he was head of Chicago schools -- say that closing poor-performing facilities has resulted in students having to travel across gang territories. Duncan pledged $500,000 in federal funds to the slain student's school to allay further violence.

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