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Chicago GOP to Sue CPS Over School Walkouts

Posted by Admin On March - 14 - 2018

From: Chris Cleveland

Chicago Republican Party

 

CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Republican Party is preparing to sue Chicago Public Schools over CPS plans to stage pro-gun control rallies during the school day tomorrow.

Gun control advocacy groups are organizing a national student walkout tomorrow to protest the Parkland shooting and press for additional gun laws. Nominally a student-led walkout, some schools are taking an active role in organizing the rallies and compelling students to participate.

An email sent by the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago to parents stated:

This coming Wednesday, March 14 many students/schools across the nation (and globe) are going to participate in a school walkout demonstration at 10:00 AM to support the memory of those that were killed in the Parkland, FL shooting and also to demonstrate their right to express their opinion about gun control.

At Lincoln, we will also participate in a walkout.

The email went on to explain how grades 5 – 8 will be taken outside for a “silent demonstration”. Students are encouraged to bring posters. Students who do not wish to participate will be sent to a room where they can wait, away from their peers. Classes are cancelled during the walkout.

“It’s appalling that 10 to 14-year-old kids would be coerced, by their teachers, to participate in a political demonstration,” said Chris Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago GOP. “A 10-year-old kid isn’t going to have an informed opinion on these political matters, and shouldn’t be expected to have the fortitude to hold a different opinion from everyone else in his or her classroom. This is political indoctrination, pure and simple.”

“It’s a violation of CPS policy, of state law, and of the First Amendment for a government-run school to organize a political demonstration and pressure students to participate in it,” said Cleveland.

The Chicago GOP has sent a letter to CPS CEO Janice Jackson asking CPS to cancel the demonstrations, and will likely sue if they do not.

The Chicago GOP has also filed a complaint with the CPS Office of Inspector General, Nicholas Schuler. (The CPS OIG is at http://cpsoig.org, 773 534 9400).

A copy of the email from Lincoln Elementary is below.

Dear Lincoln families,

This coming Wednesday, March 14 many students/schools across the nation (and globe) are going to participate in a school walkout demonstration at 10:00 AM to support the memory of those that were killed in the Parkland, FL shooting and also to demonstrate their right to express their opinion about gun control.
At Lincoln, we will also participate in a walkout. Due to PARCC testing, we will have our walkout in the afternoon instead of at 10:00AM. Parents are free to participate if they wish. Please read below:
  1. On Wednesday, March 14 our walkout demonstration will be for grades 5-8 students and teachers. Every K-8 teacher and staff member is welcome to participate, of course, if they are free at this time.
  2. Here is a way grades K-4 students can participate in an activity on March 14: 
  3. There will be a silent demonstration from 3:28-3:45 (1 silent minute for each person that lost his/her life in the Parkland shooting) in front of the school on Kemper Place. We will ring an old fashioned hand bell to signal the beginning of the silent demonstration. The 3:45 dismissal bell will ring at 3:45 to signal the end of the silent demonstration. Everyone is asked to remain silent from 3:28-3:45.
  4. Note that a 3:35 school bell will ring but this will NOT signal the end of the demonstration. Please disregard this 3:35 school bell during the silent demonstration.
  5. Kindergarten students will still be dismissed at 3:40.
  6. At 3:45 when the dismissal bell rings, the teachers will dismiss the students home from the silent demonstration. 3:45 is our regular dismissal time.
  7. This 17-minute silent solidarity stance will not interfere with our PARCC testing because we will be done before 3:25.
  8. Individuals may bring appropriate posters, if they desire.
  9. Our official stance is that this walkout is to demonstrate a memory of those lost lives in the Parkland shooting.
  10. If students or others wish to demonstrate regarding their views on gun control, etc. that is their right. School personnel is not making judgement calls; we do ask for peace, respect, and decorum.
  11. If there are students that do NOT wish to join the demonstration, the teachers will direct them to the main office with their items to go home and we will point them in the right direction to a location where they may be free to stay until 3:45. They will be dismissed from this location at the 3:45 bell.
  12. It is advised that teachers and parents speak to the children prior to the March 14th walkout at 3:25 so they put the demonstration into perspective and make connections.
  13. Here are some resources:
    2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee recently wrote about this issue and included several resources you can use in your classroom: http://sydneychaffee.com/2018/02/23/how-schools-can-support-student-activism/
    ·         The Center on Civic Education has a myriad of lesson plans to support civics: http://www.civiced.org/resources/curriculum
    ·         The Newseum created set of resources to explore activism in the context of First Amendment freedoms and their role in a healthy democracy: https://newseumed.org/idea/todays-student-protests-a-first-amendment-teachable-moment
Thank you,
Mark Armendariz

 

Contact:
Chris Cleveland
chris.cleveland@chicagogop.com
312 339 2677

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