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CTU, community coalition demand safe sanctuary schools for students

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) today is holding a press conference in conjunction with a diverse coalition of neighborhood organizations, immigrant rights groups, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) parents and students to present a community-created resolution calling for the Chicago Board of Education to pass and implement policies that eliminate student criminalization, protect students from arrests and deportations, and support students by providing wraparound services and rapid response training and protocols for school personnel. Part of a statewide movement of defense against attacks on immigrant communities, the coalition demands that the Board:

  • Defend and protect all CPS students, and refrain from continued criminalization of youth
  • Provide adequate resources and wraparound services for students dealing with trauma
  • Train teachers and counselors on restorative justice practices and trauma-informed counseling
  • Implement protocols for safety in the event of raids, deportation or other immigration-related actions

“Schools should be safe havens for students, and that’s the Board’s responsibility, but its actions have actually put more students in danger by way of increased criminalization and budget cuts to essential programs and services,” said CTU President Karen Lewis.

Chicago Teachers Union, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Communities United, Enlace, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Organized Communities Against Deportations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Parents 4 Teachers, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights,  Pilsen Alliance.

Press conference to demand that the Chicago Board of Education protect and defend all students. 

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m. 

Chicago Board of Education, 42 W. Madison St., Chicago 

Chicago Public Schools students are currently not safe from criminalization within the district, and students and their families fear being torn apart under the Trump administration. Schools need to foster holistic safety and care for all students, and be the first point of safety for students traumatized by raids, deportations, discrimination, hate crimes, prosecution from police and other acts of violence.

Chicago Teachers Union