Chicago charter network has tough discipline policy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Like many freshmen at a Noble network high school, Morgan Redd was often frustrated with the privately run charter's strict discipline code.

A self-described class clown, he tried to bend the rules and in turn landed a flurry of detentions for minor offenses like talking out of turn in class and leaving his seat without permission. Now a senior at Noble Street College Prep in West Town, Redd estimates he was hit with about 100 detentions over four years, costing $500 in fines.

But he said paying up and staying at the school was worth it. Being at Noble taught him how to question authority respectfully, how to advocate for his own interests politely, and how to keep his temper in check, he said. Redd is getting ready to graduate and start college in the fall.

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