I definitely have very mixed feelings about leaving CPS, even a couple of years out. It had nothing to do with violence though. Violence in Chicago is actually not nearly as much of a problem as it was as recently as the 90s. The problem is that it is much more concentrated now in neighborhoods that have suffered through more than 20 years of divestment while Daley/Emanuel shuttered public schools and moved tax money downtown.
I miss the students and my colleagues. I don't miss my principal, or the district leadership. Things were coming to a head and an opportunity popped up in the suburbs, so I grabbed it thinking that I could probably do more ed tech stuff away from Chicago.
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