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CPS Board Approves Smaller Contract To Keep Cops In High Schools That Want Them

Ten schools opted to remove officers from their campus as of this week, and other schools may reevaluate their school safety plan during the school year.


Want To Serve On A Local School Council? District Offers A Second Chance

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.


CPS Board Votes To Keep Police Officers In Schools — Again

This is the second time the Chicago Public Schools board has rebuffed a proposal to formally end the district's school resource officer program in the face of vociferous demonstrations from young activists.


CPS Board To Vote On Plan To Phase Out Police In Schools Wednesday

Most recently, 55 local school councils voted to keep police and 17 voted to remove them. Chicago Board of Education members have been split on the issue.


73% Of Students Arrested At Chicago Schools Are Black — But The Majority Of Schools Voted To Keep Police

At one South Side school, 63 students or young people were arrested this school year, according to CPS data.


CPS Vows To Cut School Policing Budget, Hold Cops On Campus Accountable

Police officers will now only be eligible to work at schools if they have an "excellent" record, and complaints about them will be sent to outside investigators.


Despite Protests, Most Chicago Schools Voted To Keep Police. What’s Next?

Most schools where the student body is majority Black voted to keep cops on campus. The factors that led to the outcome are multifaceted and complex.


Here’s How Chicago High Schools Voted On School Police

Local school councils at more than 70 public high schools spent weeks deciding whether to keep school resource officers on their campuses. Find out more on how your school voted.


Von Steuben High School Votes To Keep In-School Police

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.

North Park

Lincoln Park High School Votes Out School Police Amid Pressure From Students, Alumni

The school council members said they were listening to students and alumni in voting to remove the school's on-campus police.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lake View High School Keeps School Police, But Plans To Revisit Issue When In-Person Classes Resume

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.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

After Mayor Rejects Defunding Police, Youth Activists Bring Demands To Her Neighborhood

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.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Here’s How Chicago Schools Voted On Police In Schools So Far

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.

South Chicago, East Side

Simeon Career Academy Votes To Keep Police On Campus — For Now

"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.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

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.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Steinmetz College Prep Votes To Keep Police Officers On Campus

The Belmont Cragin high school is the latest school that has opted to keep officers in place.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Westinghouse College Prep Votes To Keep School Officers After Several Delays

Dozens of Chicago public high schools must vote by the end of the week on school resource officers. The majority have opted to keep police officers on their campuses.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Senn High School Council Votes To Remove In-School Police

Senn is at least the 10th CPS high school to eliminate in-school police officers.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Schurz High School Votes To Keep School Police

"There’s a lot of ways to improve what we have here. I think everyone on the council has heard that," said one teacher.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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