On Wednesday, May 2, the Chicago City Council Committee on Education and Child Development held a hearing restorative justice in Chicago Public Schools. The committee heard testimony for over two hours on the damage done to students and their communities by harsh discipline measures, the benefits of restorative justice, and the need for the CPS central office to implement restorative strategies on a district wide level. In the end, the committee passed a resolution, written by the High HOPES Campaign and sponsored by Alderman Walter Burnett, calling on CPS to implement the recommendations of the High HOPES Campaign and commit to reducing suspensions and expulsions by 40 percent through implementing and funding restorative practices on a district-wide level.
The High HOPES Campaign is still moving forward to push Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard, the CPS Board, and mayor Rahm Emanuel to stand with the City Council, students, parents, teachers, and faith communities across the city to turn away from ineffective punitive discipline and truly commit to fully implementing and funding restorative justice to make our schools safer.
Read the High HOPES Coalition's Report: "From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools."
To learn more about the High HOPES Campaign contact Justin Richardson at (312) 673-3806 or jrichardson [at] communityrenewalsociety [dot] org