NEW: Dignity In Schools Campaign
Over 200 organizations and individuals have signed on to support the Dignity in Schools Campaign National Resolution for Ending School Pushout; a call to action for our school systems to end the harsh disciplinary policies and law enforcement tactics that push too many young people out of school. The National Resolution calls for schools to create positive climates for learning and adopt alternative approaches to discipline that protect the human rights of all young people.
In order for Chicago parents to be most effective in helping to improve their local schools, they need accurate information about the current challenges faced by Illinois students and an understanding of the processes by which change can come. Unfortunately, most of the information acquired by parents about ongoing school issues is received in second-hand fashion from the news media and individual teachers. In many cases, these sources provide an incomplete and sometimes, incorrect view of the education needs of Illinois students, leaving parents with critical gaps in their knowledge and disempowering them from real engagement in district-level decision-making regarding significant school changes.
In response to this problem, TARGET Area DevCorp and 12 partner organizations have joined forces to convene a Citywide Education Organizing Campaign (the Campaign) and build a strategic Citywide Learning & Action Initiative to engage parents, caretakers, community organizers, and students across Chicago in a series of activities aimed at unearthing the key concerns these groups have regarding Chicago Public Schools (CPS) experience.