June 15, 2017

CPS works to address student trauma, mental health

Original article on Chicago Tonight by Brandis Friedman.

A report out this week suggests Chicago Public Schools needs to change the way it thinks about addressing students' trauma and mental health needs.

The report from teacher advocacy nonprofit Educators for Excellence cites the levels of violence and poverty as a hindrance to student success.

For example, the report points out that in 2016, 324 shooting victims were under the age of 16, and 36 of them died. But during the 2015-2016 school year, the district had only 323 social workers for 390,000 students, leaving about one social worker for every 1,200 students.

While the report makes recommendations for how to address those student needs, CPS says it's been quietly working to spread social emotional learning for the last two years.

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