New Safe Passage routes tested today

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A significant police presence was reported to be out along Safe Passage routes Monday morning.

The routes were set up to make sure kids get to school safely.

The police presence comes after a man was shot in the neck Sunday night along a route in the 1400 block of South Tripp.

A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed along another route in the West Garfield Park neighborhood Friday.

After closing 47 schools in May, CPS officials added 53 new safe passage routes, and 600 new workers to cover them.

But critics said it’s only a band-aid approach to the problem.

“We have Safe Passage signs all over, but stuff still goes on,” Renee Carter told the Chicago Tribune. “I wouldn’t walk here for anything.”

Carter said she used to walk her daughter to Pope Elementary, which closed and sent its students to Johnson, “but here we have to cross a main street and these two streets close by are really known for drugs and trouble.”

She said she is still deciding whether or not to keep her honor roll student enrolled. “I don’t think so.”

Mayor Emanuel said the safe passage program is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ scenario, where every adult in Chicago should help out.

Meanwhile, an advocate group has set up a hotline for concerned parents. The School Closings Accountability line is sponsored by an organization called Parents 4 Teachers. Parents who encounter lack of resources, safety issues and other problems are asked to call a hotline number: 773-916-P4T4

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  • Guest

    I think the more appropriate question is are these "Safe Passage" employees volunteers or are they actually paid city employees? If so, where did they get the money and how dare they lay off over 3,000 CPS employees in light of this.