July 30, 2019, Chicago Sun Times: CPS plans to hire hundreds of social workers and nurses — but many positions still not filled from last pledge https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/7/30/20747534/cps-chicago-public-schools-social-workers-nurses-lightfoot-teachers-union Noting the trauma faced daily by many students, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced plans to hire hundreds of new nurses, case managers and social workers in Chicago Public Schools over the next few years. Speaking at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School on Tuesday, Lightfoot said that CPS will add “at least” 200 social workers and 250 nurses to its schools within the next five years, though schools officials have struggled in recent years to fill those positions. By the 2021-22 school year, CPS officials hope that schools with higher concentrations of special-needs students — 240 or more — will have at least two full-time case managers. The district said the nursing positions will help ensure “every CPS school has access to full-time, stable nursing services.” Many CPS schools have only part-time nurses, while others rely on contracted nurses. The announcement Tuesday also indicated that such contractors will “only be used in supplemental and substitute roles.” Lightfoot cited the trauma that CPS students “experience on a daily basis” as part of the reason for the needed staffing increases. …
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.