CPS schools remove dozens of cops, shifting $2M from school policing to other student supports
This was the second consecutive year Local School Councils voted on whether to maintain school police programs — but this time they had other options.
Does anyone know if this shift will affect third party security agencies at schools? My school used to only have CPD patrolling after classes are out to prevent gang violence. They had third party security guards posted throughout the school.
I don’t know if this matters, but in case it does I will preface this by saying I am a teacher (not in CPS).
I am very impressed that they are reallocating their funds to mental health. I agree that there is an issue with CPD, but my biggest concern with “defund the police” is that the city would take it literal and just defund the police without funding other programs. I trust politicians to take money from the people, not to reallocate funds somewhere else.
Spend some of that 2m on daycare, football, baseball, soccer. Give kids extracurricular activities.
Many of our students in underfunded areas of the city experience trauma that I couldn't even imagine experiencing at such a young age. They NEED mental health support and DESERVE to have a social worker, counselors, and a school nurse available to them every day. The fact that many schools have police officers in the building every day, but only a social worker MAYBE once or twice a week is so disrespectful to our students and their experiences. If the district really wants to support students then shit like this shouldn't even be an issue we have to fight for constantly.
Genuine questions. Who will break up fights? There were a ton at my high school and the security guards were the only ones who got in there to break them up. I’m passionate about mental health services but don’t you have to break up the fight first?