CPS has reopened candidate nominations for council spots until Oct. 2, part of a series of changes to address council elections delayed in April due to the coronavirus crisis.
73% Of Students Arrested At Chicago Schools Are Black — But The Majority Of Schools Voted To Keep PolicePascal Sabino Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published
Many said they supported having school resource officers at the North Park school, but they want the officers to interact more with the school community.
The school council members said they were listening to students and alumni in voting to remove the school's on-campus police.
Members of the Lake View council said they want the principal to use the first quarter of the school year, when all learning will be online, to craft a structured plan for school resource officers.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday again made it clear she does not intend to defund the Chicago Police Department, but youth activists aren't giving up the fight.
So far, 33 councils have decided to retain the police program, while 12 councils will remove police from schools. More than 70 schools with police officers will need to vote by Friday.
George Washington High School Votes To Remove On-Campus Officers: ‘When Our Students Speak Up, We Need To Listen’
The East Side high school's local school council voted to remove its officers after students organized over the last month against the school's police presence.
"Just knowing that an officer has a handgun on their hip causes so much stress on the students, not knowing if our lives will be taken away," one student said in asking the council to remove police.
Whitney Young Votes To Keep Officers On Campus — After Every Student At Meeting Asked For Them To Be Removed
One parent volunteer said the city put local school councils in a bad position by forcing them to decide on whether cops should stay in schools. "We aren’t experts on school safety or equity and inclusion," she said.
The Belmont Cragin high school is the latest school that has opted to keep officers in place.