While other school districts cut ties with police, Chicago has seen few concrete changes. Here's what organizers say is next.
June 23, 2020
For the first time in years, it looked like the movement to remove police officers from Chicago's public schools was gaining momentum.
Following the lead of Minneapolis Public Schools, school districts across the country started calling hearings about school police, or school boards voted to remove officers altogether. National groups, like the Center for Popular Democracy, began working with local organizers to increase the national reach of their demands. And, in Chicago, city council members introduced an ordinance to end the $33 million contract between the school district and the police department.
But by Friday, the ordinance had stalled, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot had again said she would not end the school police program, instead leaving it to school councils to make the decision on a school-by-school basis.