UPDATED: Due to capacity concerns we are no longer able to host the event at Mikva Challenge. We have instead found a larger space with Roosevelt University and will host the event on April 20.
In February, the Chicago Reader published a story on policing in Chicago Public Schools produced by City Bureau fellow Yana Kunichoff. (http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/police-public-schools-cpd-cps-misconduct-training/Content?oid=25347810) The report found that of the 250 Chicago Police Department officers who serve in public schools, some have killed teenagers, beaten up middle school children, and racked up multiple complaints. Officers assigned to work in schools receive no special training and face very little scrutiny.
Public Newsroom #9 is a call for young people and concerned community members to analyze, discuss and reimagine policing of Chicago Public Schools. The evening will feature a conversation with Kunichoff, youth leaders from Mikva Challenge, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) and Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI). Following the presentations we will break into discussion groups around key issues such as ongoing reform efforts, designing training and the creation of job descriptions for officers in schools. There will also be a group dedicated to talking through oversight within CPS. All conversations will be used to inform the work of these community organizations, which are working on legislation and recommendations that will be delivered to stakeholders, including Chicago’s mayor.
Workshop guests are encouraged to bring their questions, comment and experiences to the table.
*please note the location is at Roosevelt University, not at the Experimental Station*