The Chicago Teachers Union Education Policy Department, along with rank-and-file educators, have conducted extensive research on the presence of police in public schools across the country. Their findings below are just a snapshot of overwhelming evidence supporting the termination of the $33 million contract between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools, the removal of all officers from the city’s school communities, and reinvestment of funds into additional staffing, restorative justice, and trauma and wraparound services.
Laurentio Howard, whose daughter was beaten, tased and dragged down the stairs by Chicago police working in Marshall High School, wrote this letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Chicago Board of Ed President Miguel del Valle calling for police-free schools.
Our students are treated differently because of the color of their skin, so our work is both overwhelming and never-ending because of racism.
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot has no record of leadership in public education, yet has presented a number troubling issues for Chicago teachers, clinicians, paraprofessionals and education support staff.
When it comes to public education, Toni Preckwinkle is the best choice for mayor.