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Today, the dreams of Grant Park were tested in the real world

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In 130 schools, at least one student has been shot since September 2007.

In 15 schools, at least 10 students have been shot.

In 12 other schools, at least 5 students have been shot.

School officials compiled this data to look for patterns that might help them get a handle on the problem. It was collected under former schools CEO Arne Duncan. New schools CEO Ron Huberman is reviewing and verifying the data.

None of these children was shot in school, it's important to note.

President Obama had voucher and charter school boosters to the White House the other day for advice on educational policy. The nation was treated to the incredible spectacle former Speaker Newt Gingrich posing as an enemy of racism and a proponent of civil rights for his concern over the "achievement gap". There was no mention of the infant mortality gap, or the life expectancy gap, or the household assets gap, or the employment gap, or the incarceration gap, or the quality of healthcare gap, or any of the other gaps that might shatter the illusion that Newt Gingrich gives a damn about people of color.

And speaking of gaps, today the leaders of historically Black colleges vowed to fight the elimination of a program they called a financial lifeline in a time of economic distress. President Obama's budget left an $85 million gap in a fund that Black institutions received in the last two years of the Bush Administration.

Today, the dreams of Grant Park are no more than that.

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