A new report released from the High HOPES Campaign shows how restorative justice practices could be used to reduce student student suspensions, expulsions and arrests in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The report, "From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools," was released at a Wednesday morning press conference at City Hall prior to the coalitions resolution to the Chicago City Council, calling on CPS to implement school discipline reforms.
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), who endorsed the High HOPES Campaign goals with 19 other city council members in the fall 2011, is sponsoring the resolution.
“Many of us in this coalition have been promoting restorative justice in our schools and communities for years,” said Lynn Morton, parent leader from POWER-PAC and restorative justice practitioner. “We think it’s time for the City Council to stand with its constituents and call on CPS to give life to its own words by truly implementing better discipline practices.”