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Indy mayor asks Indiana for control of 4 schools

There are 2 comments on the The Tribune story from Feb 1, 2013, titled Indy mayor asks Indiana for control of 4 schools. In it, The Tribune reports that:

The mayor of Indianapolis is asking the Indiana State Board of Education to give him control of four former city schools taken over by the state because of poor performance.

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Slidell, LA

#1 Feb 1, 2013
It's a parent's worst nightmare for a sex offender to have access to their children. But what if that sex offender is another child, who sits in class next to your kid?
CBS Atlanta has learned children charged with horrific sex crimes like child molestation and rape are being placed back into Georgia's classrooms. In some cases they are in the same schools, sitting right next to your children.
Only a small number of juveniles are placed on Georgia's Sex Offender Registry when convicted as adults. The teens on Georgia's list have been convicted of everything from aggravated child molestation to sexual battery and rape.
But there are hundreds of other dangerous kids charged as juveniles whose records are sealed and their identities and the details of their sex crimes are hidden.
"There was a kid here who had a sexual battery charge," CBS Atlanta's Wendy Saltzman told a parent who has a child at a DeKalb County school.
"At this school?" the parent questioned. "We were not aware of it."
For the first time, CBS Atlanta News is uncovering the criminal pasts of the nameless, faceless juveniles, walking the halls of your kids' schools.
"If there is any child molestation, any rapists coming back to school, that's dangerous. Because that could happen again. If he did it once, he will do it twice," said Juanchella Kemp, another DeKalb parent.
In DeKalb County, three kids have ben charged as sex offenders, two of them for aggravated child molestation.
"Anyone charged with that serious of a crime would not be mainstreamed," said school district spokesperson Walter Woods.
But another child charged with sexual battery for touching another student is still attending class at MLK High School.
"Students are put back that are not deemed violent or are not deemed a threat to their classmates," Woods explained.
In Rockdale County, a 15-year-old boy was arrested in June for molesting a 5-year-old girl. CBS Atlanta obtained the arrest warrant and a judge's order for the child to be returned to school.
"He is not a bad kid. He just made a mistake," his father told Saltzman.
"Some people would consider him a predator, when he was involved with a 5-year-old girl," Saltzman said.
"He's not a predator," his father replied.
"That is a piece of information that every parent needs to know," Representative Rich Golick said.
Georgia is one of only 11 states that doesn't have a sex offender registry for juveniles.
"Do we need to change the laws to create a juvenile sex offender registry?" Saltzman asked.
"That's an open question," Golick said. "I think we are all willing to be persuaded if there is a compelling case to do so."
Golick said Georgia law has other stipulations in place that should protect other children from child sex offenders. One of those laws requires the courts to alert a school when a juvenile offender returns to their district.
But Saltzman discovered that isn't always happening.
"It is a public safety concern as we are speaking right now. School systems have to know that these offenders exits, that these kids are back in their school system so they can prepare accordingly," Golick said.
Our investigation found the Fulton County's court system was failing to provide the Atlanta and Fulton County school systems with the notices required by law. These districts had no way to track these potentially dangerous students.
"How were you tracking these offenders if you weren't being notified they were in your schools?" Saltzman asked Fulton County Superintendent Robert Avossa.
"I am going to have to work with staff on telling exactly how those things were tracked, I just don't know that yet," Avossa said.
Cobb County and Clayton County schools refused to turn over record of juvenile offenders in their schools, in an effort to protect their students' identities.
The Ultimate Kaptoz

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Feb 1, 2013
Abolish all public schools now. Make them all Pvt schools keep the Govt out of them period. Let pvt business partnerships fund them and also allow as much homeschooling as possible . The public schools have failed too teach yet alone educate kids , What they do teach is all about making them into radical angry hands out Liberals who despise America and our constitution , To blame white people for all the ill's in society and this world.It only produces thugs and militant angry black and Hispanic masses to target white people always.Teachers that aren't sleeping with the students are teaching them revisionist history lessons , That is always from a communist leftist thinking and leanings .Let the parents teach their own kids, Or send them to schools or again home school them as they need be. Get away from this whole thing, You got to go to college to become successful . If they can read, write, and do basic math and comprehend things, I say they are able to be in the workforce , China as communist as they are allows even kids to work. We use to, Maybe we need to let kids work again where we can use them. LEAST THEY WONT BE OUT GANG BANGING or committing crimes , If we did away with those so called child labor laws.I see more kids hurt playing youth sports than they would be hurt working.

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