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CPS High Schools Vote to Keep All, Some, or None of Their Police Officers

Unlike before, a school will receive funding for each officer taken off duty

Over the past few months, Chicago high schools voted on their respective Whole School Comprehensive Safety Plans. These plans include decisions on their school’s school resource officer (SRO) statuswhether to keep all, some, or none of their cops. Unlike before, a school will receive funding for each officer taken off duty.

Chicago police officers are assigned to individual Chicago Public Schools (CPS) through the School Resource Officer program. Last summer, the appointed school board voted against terminating the district’s $33 million contract with police, and later, high school Local School Councils (LSCs) chose between keeping or getting rid of their SRO program, resulting in fifty-five schools deciding to maintain their SROs and seventeen schools voting to remove them. The Weekly kept track of how South Side schools voted

Schools are also voting on a variety of options offered in CPS’s Safety Plans. Five non-profit organizations developed “a menu of trauma-informed approaches … as alternatives to the School Resource Officer program.” Their recommendations include holistic restorative justice practices, increased focus on social emotional learning and mental health by providing access to professionals, and training for designated intervention employees such as safe passage workers, counselors, social workers, behavioral health teams, administrators, and security officers. 

For the first time, for each officer a school chose not to retain, they will receive at least $50,000 from the district to go toward their alternative safety plan. During LSC meetings, schools’ safety committees presented a range of options:Hirsch Metropolitan in Greater Grand Crossing plans to use the funding from removing one SRO for a full-time social worker, a social and emotional learning curriculum, and a partnership with a girls mentoring organization; North-Grand plans to spend the $50,000 on a safe passage program; and Hyde Park Academy plans to use the money for a dean of culture and climate. 

As students slowly returned to classrooms this spring after a year at home following COVID-19 guidelines, CPS decided SROs were “not necessary at this time” due to overall reduced in-person attendance. 

Over summer break, high school LSCs held virtual meetings to discuss and vote on their SRO status. Thus far, of schools located on the South Side, fifteen voted to keep both of their SROs, nineteen voted to remove one, and four voted to remove both.

Visit bit.ly/LSCSafetyPlans for the final citywide tally.

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*Schools located on the South Side are denoted with an asterisk.

High Schools with SROs LSC Votes Results Vote Date Meeting
Air Force Academy* 9-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/6/21 Not publicly available
Amundsen 12-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/22/21 6:00 PM Link Passcode 394466
Austin Academy* 7-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/17/21 4:00 PM  Link
Bogan* 9-1 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/21/21 5:00 PM Link
Bowen* 7-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 7/7/21 Not publicly available
Bronzeville* 6-0 Remove 2 of 2 SROs 7/14/21 Not publicly available
Carver Military Academy* 4-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 7/12/21 Not publicly available
Chicago Military Academy* 10-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/14/21 Not publicly available
Chicago Vocational* 10-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 5/18/21 Not publicly available
CICS – Ralph Ellison* Remove 1 of 2 SROs 5/20/21 Not publicly available
Clark Magnet 8-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 5/13/21 Not publicly available
Collins Academy* 7-0 (2 abstained) Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/22/21 Not publicly available
Corliss* 6-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/12/21 Not publicly available
Crane Medical* 8-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/14/21 Not publicly available
Douglass Academy  5-0 (2 abstained) Keep 2 of 2 SROs 5/10/21 Not publicly available
Dunbar Vocational* 7-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/21/21 5:30 PM Link
Dyett Arts* 7-6 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/15/21 6:00 PM Link
Englewood STEM* Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/10/21 Not publicly available
Farragut Academy* 9-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/9/21 3:45 PM Link
Fenger* 3-3 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/15/21  Not publicly available
Foreman 8-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 5/18/21 5:00 PM Not publicly available
Gage Park* 3-2 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/6/21 Not publicly available
Goode STEM Academy* 8-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/8/21 6:00 PM Not publicly available
Harlan* 4-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/19/21 Not publicly available
Hirsch Metropolitan* 7-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/12/21 4:15 PM Link
Hubbard* 9-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/9/21 12:30 PM Link
Hyde Park Academy* 10-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/1/21 Link
Jones College Prep* 9-0, 2 abstained Remove 2 of 2 SROs 6/10/21 6:00PM  Link
Julian* 8-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/8/21 Not publicly available
King College Prep* 7-6 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/10/21 6:00PM Not publicly available
Kelly College Prep* Not voting this year N/A Not publicly available
Kenwood* 11-1 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/8/21 6:00 PM Not publicly available
Kennedy* 9-1 Remove 2 of 2 SROs 7/6/21 Not publicly available
Lake View 12-1 Remove 2 of 2 SROs 7/8/21 6:00 PM Link
Lindblom Math and Science* 13-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/7/21 6:00 PM Not publicly available
Little Village Lawndale* Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/13/21 Link
Manley Career Academy* 6-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 5/12/21 Not publicly available
Marshall* 7-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/8/21 Not publicly available
Morgan Park* 8-1 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/16/21 6:00 PM  Link
North Grand 7-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/6/21 5:00 PM Link
Orr  5-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 5/18/21 4:30 PM Orr Academy High School
Prosser Career Academy 4-4 6/22/21 4:30 PM Link
Raby* 4-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/13/21 8:00 AM Link
Richards Career Academy* 6-1 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/10/21 Not publicly available
Schurz 9-0 Remove 2 of 2 SROs 7/13/21 6:00 PM Schurz High School
Simeon* 10-1 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/14/21 6:00 PM Link
Solorio Academy* 5-2 Remove 2 of 2 SROs 6/10/21 Not publicly available
Steinmetz 7/14/21 Not publicly available
Taft 8-3 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/16/21 5:30PM  Link
Tilden* 5-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 6/14/21 3:45 PM Link
Von Steuben 10-0 (1 abstained) Remove 2 of 2 SROs 6/9/21 Not publicly available
Washington Prep* Not voting this year N/A Not publicly available
Wells Community Academy 8-0 Remove 1 of 2 SROs 7/12/21 Not publicly available
Westinghouse College Prep* 11-0 (1 abstained) Keep 1 of 1 SROs 7/13/21 5:45 PM Link
Williams Prep* TBA Not publicly available
Young Magnet 10-0 Keep 2 of 2 SROs 6/17/21 4:00 PM  Link

Last updated July 21

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Madeleine Parrish is the Weekly’s education editor. She last wrote about the state of mental health in Chicago.

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