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Harper Measure Aims to Make School Resource Officers More Sensitive to Student Needs

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya M. Harper, D-Chicago, is seeking to foster greater communication and understanding between students and school resource officers in neighborhood schools through training courses.

“Students should feel safe when they go to school, and parents should also have a sense of relief when their students are there. School resource officers can be a tremendous tool in fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and young people,” said Harper. “It’s time for local school resource officers to receive uniform training to best equip them to address restorative justice techniques, de-escalation best practices, crisis intervention, implicit bias and other techniques to help them best address the needs of every student who walks through those doors.”

Harper’s Senate Bill 2925 holds hold school resource officers to higher standards and requires the Enforcement Training Standard Board develop training courses for resources officers to better treat students with mental health issues, child abuse, adolescent developmental issues and more.

“Students face numerous struggles, especially those students who face the threats of school closures and may not live in healthy home environments,” said Harper. “The adults at school, at a minimum, need to be trained to be better caretakers and offer constructive guidance as students navigate personal and social challenges at a young age.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park. To stay up to date with upcoming events, legislation and neighborhood news, please contact Rep. Harper’s office at repsonyaharper@gmail.com.

CPS Special Ed Debacle, Subsequent ISBE Call for Independent Monitoring Falls Squarely at Feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

From: The Chicago Teachers Union

 

Mayoral control again proves to be failed policy; state board’s findings could be the tip of the iceberg pending additional reports of reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning, early childhood programming

 

CHICAGO, IL The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement following a vote by the Illinois State Board of Education to appoint an independent monitor to oversee Chicago Public Schools’ management of special education services, after the Board found that the district committed multiple violations of federal law and endangered thousands of children:

“It is no surprise that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked Chicago Board of Education for its intentional violations of state and federal special education laws. The report and its recommendations outline a culture of blatant disregard for the law and the amoral administration of special education services for thousands of our most vulnerable students. The union hopes that ISBE will extend its monitor to oversee the practices of the district’s multiple charter school operators to ensure maximum protection for all students, and compliance with the law.

“While an independent monitor is necessary, this penalty for Emanuel’s poor stewardship of our school communities does not go far enough. The Chicago Teachers Union demands an immediate end to mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools.

“The state’s findings are the result of a massive coalition effort among CPS parents, special education advocates and CTU members and staff who have succeeded in holding the district accountable for its wrongdoing. But while we commend ISBE’s effort to address these injustices, this is only the beginning. Our union has learned of equally shameful reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning and early childhood programming, and believes there are extensive violations in these areas where the district has unlawfully slashed budgets and cut corners.

“Despite the mayor’s electoral subterfuge and million dollar campaign gifts, his administration has enacted some of the deepest cuts to school services and personnel in CPS history. Under Emanuel’s failed leadership, we have seen more than 60 schools closed in low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods; the number of school nurses fall to 144 for more than 500 schools; illegal and immoral $100 million cuts to special education budgets; the elimination of close to 2,000 teacher positions; and a reduction in the number of social workers by almost 20 percent.

“In addition, already record-high class sizes have continued to balloon, and as the mayor rolls out the red carpet over community voice for a presidential library, he is currently presiding over a district with more than 500 schools, but only 157 school librarians.

“Emanuel is a failed school boss with two independent monitors now overseeing his work—ISBE and the Illinois Attorney General. His school record is abysmal. One of his handpicked school CEOs is serving time in a federal prison. Another handpicked CEO—and personal friend—was forced out of the position for sweeping ethics violations. There has been an unprecedented purging of Black, female educators. Multiple contracts with privatized janitorial companies have left our school communities filthy and infested with rodents.

“The only way forward is an end to the mayor’s inequitable and draconian student-based budgeting scheme. Our school communities deserve school budgets that reflect the aspirations of the new state formula.

“Mayoral control is a failed policy. We need an elected, representative school board.

“We need to remove the restrictions on our union’s bargaining rights so we can appropriately address the needs of our students.

“And lastly, we need a new mayor.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

Mayor’s Racist Educational Policies Derail Equality and Opportunity Decades After Brown v. Board of Education

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

CTU: Emanuel has imposed separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren in defiance of Brown v. Board of Education.

 

CHICAGO, IL CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today on the anniversary of the historic Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling:

“64 years ago today, the Supreme Court declared segregation in public education to be ‘inherently unequal’. Yet while Brown opened the door for generations of legal and social challenges to de facto racism in our public schools, in Chicago we still struggle with a school system that is profoundly separate and unequal. And the man who controls our schools and appoints their rulers – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – has escalated the inequality in our public education system.

“To Emanuel’s hand-picked school bureaucrats, our Black and Brown schoolchildren are inconvenient entries in an accounting ledger who deserve to be policed rather than educated – and at as little cost as possible. The infamous Willis wagons may be gone, but our overwhelmingly non-white, low-income students work from schoolbooks that are tattered and out of date, in schools that are filthy. Three-quarters of those schools lack libraries – and librarians. Our students are denied services to which they have a legal right, from special education supports to school nurses and social workers.

“To Emanuel, our Black and Brown students’ parents are a pesky impediment to gentrification schemes that are purging working class families of color from our city. He has hardened the lines of segregation by expanding magnet and selective enrollment schools, undermining the right that every community has to sustainable neighborhood public schools. He treats children as little more than a test score to advance his re-election campaigns, rather than as human beings with rights and dignity. He has snuffed out thriving school communities in Black and Brown neighborhoods over the righteous objections of parents and students, and shunted those students to the control of private charter operators who put the size of their paychecks over the needs of their students. He has purged Black educators from our schools – particularly veteran Black female educators deeply committed to the communities they serve. And he has insisted on maintaining a racist school funding formula that reinforces inequality instead of equitably funding our children’s needs as the state’s school funding formula demands.

“For the last seven years, Emanuel has imposed apartheid-like, separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren and their families – in defiance of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling more than six decades ago. He may publicly criticize Trump and Rauner, but his actions dovetail perfectly with their racist agendas – and reinforce in our schools what Brown v. Board of Education sought to overturn. It’s time for Chicagoans to reject this racist inequality and give our residents what they have demanded for years: the right to democratically elect our school board rather than suffer under the tyranny of a mayor who reinforces our children’s bondage and thwarts their opportunities.”

As Nation Turns its Eyes to Youth, Chicago Students Show They’re Ready to Lead

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

350 teen problem-solvers from 60 schools will gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues at Mikva’s Action Civics Showcase

 

CHICAGO, IL – Following a school year of action, Chicago youth will gather to showcase their year-long activism effort to better their schools and neighborhoods at Chicago’s 16th Annual Action Civics Showcase on May 22, 2018 at The Bridgeport Art Center. Mikva Challenge will host the showcase in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement. The morning will begin with a competition, inspired by the Aspen Challenge, for select projects with participants competing for a trip for their team to the nation’s capital.

 

To better understand and support refugee families in their community, youth leaders at Dever Elementary created an awareness campaign, organizing efforts with CPS, and raising funds for local organizations. To increase STEM education opportunities in their community, youth from Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest created prototype chargers to also power local businesses and community members. To address water access from school facilities, youth from Morgan Park High School secured grant funding to fix a water fountain in their building. Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez hosted a voter education and registration events; lobbied in Washington, DC for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip. To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students at Farragut Career Academy hosted conversations with their state representatives–they met with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

“By working on a project to support refugee populations with my students, we’re learning that we don’t have to be constrained by the 4 walls of our school–we can act outside the classroom,” said Jane Leyderman from Dever Elementary.

 

Many of the projects to be presented at the Showcase received mini-grants from the Allstate Insurance Company. The Showcase is also being supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros Foundation, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Our classroom-based youth action teams are supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Brinson Foundation and the Augustana Henze Endowment.

 

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4pm-6pm

 

Where: The Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Visuals: Over 350 young people will have their projects on display at the event. There will also be elected officials, teachers and community leaders at the event.

 

Action Civics Showcase 2018 – Project Highlights

School

Project Title

Description

Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest

“Empowering Communities via S.T.E.M.”:

To address a lack of S.T.E.M education in their communities, Camelot students created Altoid/tin direct current battery backup modules to charge Androids and iPhones. They plan to utilize their prototypes to teach community members how to build their own chargers and build a solar powered charger.

William Dever Elementary

“Refugee Assistance Project”

Students researched ways of supporting refugees–they interviewed a Syrian refugee, and the CPS refugee intake office manager. They created an awareness campaign on the travel ban impacts; organized direct actions; and will host a bake sale to benefit a local refugee organization. They will host refugee students from Sullivan High School; partner with the organization RefuSHE to support refugee girls in Nairobi, Kenya; and host CPS representative Robert Martwick at their school in June.

Morgan Park High School

“Water Please”

Concerned about the lack of usable fountains and access to water in their school, youth leaders surveyed their peers and school engineers about the issue. Students were able to use grant funds to repair one of the fountains in the cafeteria. They are now working on a plan to teach students about how to help take care of school property.

Benito Juarez Community Academy

“Juarez Navigators”

Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez researched voting history and  participation (for young people and latinos) in recent elections; hosted a voter education and registration events; and sent youth to Washington, DC to lobby for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip.

Farragut Career Academy

“Town Hall Meeting”

To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students examined statistics and proposed gun control legislation. They invited their state representatives to their school to talk about their position about gun control, and to discuss how they see the bills they supported affecting violence in Little Village. They also held a meeting with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

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8,000 young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually.  Named after Abner and Zoe Mikva, the Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, nonprofit that develops youth to be informed, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

 

State Rep. Harper CPS Measure That Helps Avoid South Side School Closures Passes House

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, ILFighting to prevent future school closures on the South Side without proper warning, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D–Chicago, helped pass a measure that mandates Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to provide more notice and information on the status of schools.

“This effort is long overdue for my residents and all the parents and students on the South and West Sides,” said Harper. “When CPS makes a decision to close schools, it affects us. It hurts my families. Our schools close, while more and more resources go to wealthier schools across the city.”

Harper’s legislation, House Bill 5721, would stipulate new reporting requirements for CPS to abide by when they produce their master education facilities plan, capital improvement plans and school transition plans. CPS provides these reports in order to determine each school’s necessary resources for long-term purposes. However, as we have seen in recent years, CPS has closed schools’ doors without notice and left students on the South Side without a neighborhood school to go to or required them to travel to a consolidated new school.

Harper’s bill would require CPS to take vastly new steps in order to avoid sudden school closures. They include community engagement plans that seek student and parent input, monetary options to pursue to increase funding to schools, timelines of each school to address their specific capital needs, justifications for school expansions, detailing a five-year funding plan to receiving schools and much more. If CPS fails to adhere to any of these requirements outlined in the bill, the General Assembly can withhold distributing all capital funding.

“CPS should provide more information to everyone, especially my residents given the historic unequal treatment we pay for, when they develop their plans for its schools. It’s only fair to be given every detail about our schools so we can offer input and make the best decision for our students,” said Harper. “While this measure is a good start to attacking the larger problem of residents feeling the brunt of sudden school closures, we also need greater representation in an elected school board in Chicago.”

City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Call for a “Vote of No Confidence” for Olive-Harvey President for Lack of Credentials

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Criticize Chancellor Suspension of Presidential Job Search; Call for “Vote of No Confidence” for Olive-Harvey President for lack of credentials

 

 CHICAGO, IL –  Chancellor Juan Salgado suspended a presidential search for Olive-Harvey College.  He took this drastic measure when he realized that the search committee was not going to move forward the application of the Interim President, Felicia Davis, who has strong ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  The search committee based their decision on Davis’ poor leadership and lack of academic credentials. On Thursday, during the City Colleges of Chicago Board Meeting, faculty will speak out for continuation of the search process and call for a “No Confidence Vote” against Felicia Davis.

“The Chancellor’s decision to suspend the presidential job search is a slap in the face to City College faculty and staff,” said Tony Johnston, President of Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600.  “This administration has stated that they respect shared governance in higher education, where faculty and staff’s academic expertise are consulted and respected, such as in the search and selection of administration.  The suspension of the search refutes that completely and points to the administration valuing political concerns over student success at our City Colleges”.

Davis is the former deputy chief of staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In press releases put out by City Colleges announcing her appointment as interim president, it was stated that David held a masters in public policy from Illinois Institute of Technology. However, the search committee uncovered the truth – she is working on her masters but does not yet hold the degree. She is not qualified to be president of Olive-Harvey College.

The City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,700 faculty and staff serving almost 100,000 students annually.  These colleges provide Chicago’s neighborhoods with vital access to quality higher education.  Olive-Harvey serves a population of African-American and Latino students.  The college’s enrollment has plummeted in recent years due to the decline in those populations from disinvestment in public education and services on the southside of Chicago.

What: Speeches during CCC Board Meeting

Where: City Colleges District Office
Room 300
226 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL

When: Thursday, May 3
9 AM

Who: Cook County College Teachers Union – Local 1600

State Rep. Welch Bill Allows Universities to Establish Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

HILLSIDE, IL – Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is seeking to expand university opportunities to historically underrepresented students through a new bridge program that Illinois colleges will be empowered to employ thanks to legislation he is sponsoring.

“For too long, students who traditionally lack equal opportunities to attend our state’s world-class universities miss out on the chance to enroll or attend those institutions,” said Welch. “I want to make sure that those students do not feel left out and that they know their university has resources available to them.”

Welch’s House Bill 5696 gives Illinois universities the ability to create bridge programs that could provide a range of services, including tutoring and counseling services, to underrepresented students. Universities will have discretion on how to organize and execute their own bridge programs to best fit the needs of their students. Welch’s measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives last week with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Everyone deserves a chance at a fair and equal shot to make the best of themselves,” said Welch. “This is a good first step to providing additional tools and resources to students who may need a little extra assistance to reach their full potential.”

Mayoral Ally Moves to Privatize Substitute Teachers

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Senate President Cullerton fast-tracks privatization bill, stalls legislation to restore CTU right to bargain on issues that include class size and school cleanliness.

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Senate, under the leadership of Chicago mayoral ally John Cullerton, has fast-tracked a bill privatizing substitute teacher staffing, SB 2838. An identical bill, HB 4742, passed out of a House education committee on Wednesday. The CTU and the IFT have opposed the initiative for the last two sessions.

“This legislation is tone deaf given CPS’ disastrous track record with privatization,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “It will allow CPS to contract out classroom-critical services, likely for less pay – just as has been the experience of privatized charter teachers and janitors in CPS – to the detriment of our students. And it will cost. In Indianapolis, the contracting agency slapped a 36% fee on the cost of substitute positions. The bill also fails to address the root causes of a shortage of substitute and full-time teachers – their need for a living wage and decent working conditions.”

At a recent IFT K-12 constituency council, a teacher with Chicago’s CPS-funded Acero/UNO charter network, which uses a staffing agency to assign substitute teachers, reported that the agency was ineffective and the school still suffers from a shortage of subs.

Teachers charge that the bill is also a demoralizing slap in the face to Black female educators in Chicago, who are laid off at a greater proportion by CPS than other educators – with many subsequently relying on their ability to earn at least a marginal wage as substitute teachers. Today, roughly half of CPS’ substitute teachers are people of color.

The push for third party contracting of school services is a plank in the Rauner Turnaround Agenda. While the Cullerton-controlled senate has moved swiftly to pass this bill to accelerate and expand third party contracting, the Senate has stalled a different bill to repeal Section 4.5 of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act. That bill, HB 4776, restores bargaining rights to all units in CPS – and returns to the CTU the right to bargain on critical issues like class size and school cleanliness, just as every other district in the state must bargain.

“Third party contracting has been a failure in CPS,” said Sharkey. “Outside contractors have left our schools filthy, our facilities in dire need of repair, and concocted schemes to deny students vital services like special education. Our students are no better served by turning the vital professional service that substitute teachers provide over to an agency like Manpower or Kelly Services, when what we really need are adequately resourced classrooms and decent working conditions for educators.”

The CTU and the IFT are vigorously opposing HB 4742 in the House.

Parents, Teachers to Slam Failures of Mayor’s Appointed Board

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Filthy schools, shuttered schools’ sale to private school operators, special education scandal among issues advocates say underscore need for accountable, elected, representative school board.

 

CHICAGO, IL Parents, teachers, students and advocates have raised the alarm about a host of issues in Chicago’s public schools, from filthy schools and overcrowded classrooms to blistering state findings on deficiencies in CPS’ special education program and a high school enrollment process that critics say underscores CPS’ failed ‘choice’ model. Every one of CPS’ failings, say critics, can be walked back to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s control of CPS – from who serves as CEO to who sits on the board.

Critics will raise their concerns – and their demand for an elected, representative school board that will at last end Emanuel’s control over education policy and operations – at a press conference before CPS’ scheduled monthly board meeting, beginning at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, April 25 in front of CPS headquarters at 42 W. Madison St.

Critics point to a range of troubling issues stemming from Emanuel’s control over CPS. Emanuel’s school board has denied CPS’ overwhelmingly low-income Black and Brown youth the benefits of the state’s new equity-based funding formula, instead using ‘student-based budgeting’, or SBB – a flat per capita funding scheme that undermines the law’s intent to channel funds to schools and students most in need. The public learned earlier this month that CPS will funnel an additional $259 million to one of the companies that has left schools filthy. The Illinois State Board of Education recently found that changes implemented by Emanuel’s hand-picked schools CEO, who was forced out late last year in the wake of an ethics scandal, worsened an already understaffed and under-resourced special education program. Emanuel’s new GoCPS high school registration program locked out more than 75% of incoming freshmen from their top three school selections, when instead, say advocates, CPS should be strengthening neighborhood high schools as part of a commitment to ensure that every neighborhood has sustainable community schools.

Emanuel’s hand-picked board moved to close a highly rated elementary school serving an overwhelmingly low-income, Black student population earlier this year over vigorous public opposition and wrenching appeals from students. CPS also moved to close all of Englewood’s public high schools, which have suffered years of acute disinvestment and subsequent enrollment decline. Emanuel’s school executives continue to push school privatization, despite a growing body of evidence that charters serve students no better than public schools, while undercutting enrollment and funding for public schools. And the public learned this week that CPS has sold four neighborhood public schools shuttered in Emanuel’s 2013 mass school closings to private operators who are exploiting the state’s new voucher scheme to siphon off public dollars for private operators’ tuition costs.

“The mayor owns this legacy of failed policy – and failed leadership,” says CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who will speak at Wednesday’s press conference. “Under Emanuel’s control, there is no public accountability, no transparency and, frankly, no decency displayed by this rubber stamp board – only the mindless accommodation of the mayor’s wishes and the disaster that has created for our students. It’s time for that to end.”

State Rep. Mayfield Backing Legislation to Combat Illinois’ Shortage of Teachers

Posted by Admin On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL –As a shortage of teachers continues to plague communities in all areas of Illinois, Illinois State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is supporting multiple legislative efforts to attract and keep educators in the state.

“Education in this state and the betterment of our children are amongst my top priorities in the legislature,” said Mayfield. “The steps we are taking in passing these important measures will reduce barriers to entry for young professionals who want to be leaders in our community.”

Mayfield voted to pass House Bill 5175, a landmark measure that ensures that teachers are paid a livable wage and aims to retain talented teachers within the state. She also has helped to move House Bills 4167, 5196 and 5627, measures that work to alleviate the pressure that teachers face by addressing Illinois’ shortage of teachers and breaking down burdensome barriers to entry. Under these proposals, teaching related fees are reduced, retired teachers are provided more flexibility to substitute teach and more experienced teachers in training would be eligible to apply for a substitute teaching license sooner. Additionally, teachers who receive their training outside of Illinois would be more easily able to transfer their qualifications to Illinois when looking for a job.

“When these proposals become reality, a lot of red tape and unnecessary hurdles will be reduced and we should see an influx of teachers to schools in our state,” said Mayfield. “Our state’s future depends on the ability to teach and retain the youth as a skilled workforce, and that isn’t possible without the hard work and dedication of good teachers.”

House Bills 4167, 5175, 5196 and 5627 passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration and Oversight Committee and are awaiting action on the House floor.

Mayfield represents the 60th District, which includes the cities of Waukegan, North Chicago and neighboring communities.  For more information, please contact her district office at 847-599-2800 or 60thdistrict@gmail.com.

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