As Jackson-Madison County school officials work to balance budget concerns against operating costs and education programs, not all the issues and expenses will be related to academics. Public education also must grapple with social, cultural and school safety and security issues.
If moving local public education into the 21st century was just about books, technology and education programs, decisions and priorities would be straightforward. But today’s public education environment also must address issues that once were mostly left up to parents, guardians and other adults in a child’s life.
The recent meeting of the Code Red Coalition to talk about combating gang activity helps us better understand what gangs are all about and how to keep young people from falling into gang and criminal behaviors.