How Teacher Absence Creates Trauma for Students

by Benjamin Drury

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Last year I worked as an Assistant Principal at a high school on the West Side of Chicago. On any other year, this job would have been challenging. Fights, drugs, gangs, etc. are an omnipresent part of most any public-school south of I-290 in Chicago…but last year was unique. And of course, this isn’t anything new for the seasoned (and even newer) Chicago Public…



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