In contrast with school districts in other cities, Chicago’s Board of Education voted in June 4-3 against terminating Chicago Public Schools’ $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department. Officials said that cops-in-schools decisions were better left to seventy-two individual Local School Councils (LSCs) and that they had until August 15 to do so.
Seventeen schools in the city did not have enough votes (aka quorum) and nine schools in the city had no LSCs or had “non-functioning” LSCs, which the CPS website defined as those unable to convene members besides the principal. Charter schools don’t participate in the School Resource Officer (SRO) program.
With Mayor Lori Lightfoot reluctantly allowing CPS to do full-time remote learning in the fall under pressure from parents and teachers due to consistent COVID-19 trends, the school board recently had to slash its CPD budget in half. The board expects to vote on renewing its contract August 26.
Here’s how South Side high schools voted:
|High School with SROs||LSC Votes||Result|
|Air Force Academy||12-0||Keep|
|Austin Academy||No quorum||Keep|
|Back of the Yards||6-5||Remove|
|Bronzeville||No active LSC||Keep|
|Carver Military Academy||No quorum||Keep|
|Collins Academy||No active LSC||Keep|
|Crane Medical||No quorum||Keep|
|Dunbar Vocational||No quorum||Keep|
|Dyett Arts||No active LSC||Keep|
|Fenger||No active LSC||Keep|
|Hirsch Metropolitan||No quorum||Keep|
|Jones College Prep||7-5||Keep|
|King College Prep||6-3||Keep|
|Lindblom Math and Science||7-4||Keep|
|Little Village Lawndale||11-9||Keep|
|Manley Career Academy||No active LSC||Keep|
|Phillips Academy||No vote||Remove|
|Raby||No active LSC||Keep|
|Richards Career Academy||7-3||Keep|
|Westinghouse College Prep||6-4||Keep|
|Williams Prep||No quorum||Keep|
Visit cps.edu/votesro for final citywide tally
Jacqueline Serrato is the Editor-In-Chief of the South Side Weekly. She last wrote about the intersection of Black Lives Matter and decolonization.