Mayor’s school bosses have refused to take up CTU appeal to work with administration to ensure students are protected from sexual violence, as hundreds of complaints pour into new administrative office.
CHICAGO, November 28, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following 600 complaints related to sexual abuse in school communities have been filed since the school year started.in response to news that more than
As a father of CPS students, this damning number of complaints is shameful and horrifying. You don’t create student safety with an administrative office. You create it by making sure that our schools are safe spaces for children—with social workers, certified school nurses, counselors, psychologists, adequate numbers of teachers and paraprofessionals who can supervise all school spaces and protect our kids. You do it by making parents and families welcome in our school communities. We have fewer than 110 school nurses for over 500 schools. Our social workers and counselors are carrying case loads double and triple the size dictated by best practices. And CPS has refused to collaborate with the CTU to create real change on the ground that will guarantee the safety of our youth.
This failure starts at the very top, with the mayor who controls our schools and appoints the board members and top bureaucrats who set school policy and decide how to spend precious public dollars. The mayor and his hand-picked appointees have been shortchanging our school communities for years in every way possible, and the results are horrifying. It’s time to end mayoral control and replace it with an elected, representative school board that offers the public the accountability, oversight and rigorous best practices our students deserve.