What measures will you support to stop the schools to prison pipeline?

Criminal Justice Reform

Better mentoring programs would be my first step and a better system for tracking
students in need of mentoring. Revise the system that sends a child home as punishment
for disciplinary infractions. The Park District would also be utilized more in an effort to
assist these programs as well.

I would use innovative programs to keep children’s interest in staying in school, urge parents to
be more involved in their children’s education.

More collaborations between city government and college graduate chapters of fraternities and
sororities. They have tremendous programs now which could be greatly enhanced with additional
funding.

I support the expansion of the City’s summer jobs programs. Every student placed in a work environment has a better shot at learning important skills so they can be employed in the future. I support a longer school day and a longer school year. Each hour spent in school is, or should be, an hour well spent. This is the best way to keep students busy and focused on their future.
Under a new initiative, all high school graduates with a ‘B’ average will receive free tuition to the Chicago City Colleges. This is an unprecedented and tremendous step in the right direction.
As I mentioned earlier, The City is helping bridge the gap between wealthy and poor neighborhoods by expanding early childhood development and increasing education opportunities. We are going to provide free pre-K to low income families starting next year. The earlier children start their education, the better, and I support these efforts.

Better equity in ticketing for low quantity drug possession.

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Efforts to reduce the high-school dropout rate should be strengthened, as should paths to job
training in the City Colleges. Providing economic opportunities through “hire local” initiatives and
the coordination of all of these programs can help stop this pipeline.

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We need to support the development of great neighborhood schools and continue to see that
higher numbers of students graduate from high school. I support greater job readiness
preparation for high school students, and a stronger network of City Colleges. I would advocate
reducing sentences for minor drug infractions, and would support greater rehabilitation and job
training programs for young people convicted of minor drug crimes.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Mentoring programs,
after school programs, sports and activities

Efforts to reduce the high-school dropout rate should be strengthened, as should paths to job
training in the City Colleges. Providing economic opportunities through “hire local” initiatives and
the coordination of all of these programs can help stop this pipeline.

The pipeline will
never cease operating until good jobs with a future are brought into the inner city.

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Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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We need more resources
and choices for our young people. Real job training programs, Art programs from sculpting to
spoken word. Include young people in the decision making process. Ask the young people what
they want. More Youth on Youth programs, mentoring programs like the Black Star Projects, and
recruit more Men to become Big brothers they need more volunteers many young men applied for
Big Brothers but there are no brothers to send.

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I would ensure that there are educational programs that will provide our youth with quality job training at skilled professions available to them at an early age and have placement and jobs
available to them through union and apprenticeship programs.

I support reducing suspensions (especially out-of-school suspensions) in Chicago’s schools. We
also need more wraparound services, as well as after-school and employment opportunities for
our youth.

Honestly, if we cannot
attend to the unique learning needs of all of our students we lose many of them. The obsession
we currently have with standardized testing is in essence weeding out many of our children,
particularly our children of color. A key first step would be to change how we measure success to
rely more on teaching to the individual strengths of our students and relying less on testing.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would strongly advocate for a more comprehensive option of learning opportunities for
secondary education. At this time, the only option CPS acknowledges as a successful outcome
from high school is moving on to a 4 year college unless the school has a certain vocational
curriculum. Our schools should focus on general education requirements as a rule, but should
provide more elective option tracts to students pirsue, depending on their interest. We lose a lot
of students to the streets and then the jails because of a very singular outcome definition of
successful completion
Other Ideas:
Student Jobs and Summer Jobs for Students are proven ways to reduce the pipeline to jail.
Restorative Justice Programs as Peace Circles have proven to be successful in schools as
Fenger,
Student Outings, Student Sports, ROTC, Parent Student School Dinners, Introducing Students to
unique events, trades or skill sets all may be helpful.

Creative policing versus hand cuffs for breaking the rules, i.e. training programs with business
partnerships; success planning from training to 1 complete year of employment.

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Better schools, wrap around services, mental health support, more training, jobs and living wages.

Legislation and Supreme Court to mandate new laws and ordinances that are in favor of equal
education regardless of race, gender, and or special needs

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

As a Local School Council member at Sullivan High School, I worked to bring restorative justice policies to my neighborhood school. I will support the expansion of restorative justice programs at Chicago Public Schools, and will support statewide legislation proposed by VOYCE – a youth group that works to stop the schools to prison pipeline.

Zero tolerance policies have to be replaced with a restorative justice approach, like the successful implementation of the approach at Lincoln Park High School. CPS has relied too heavily on the police to enforce school discipline, resulting in poor community relations, injustice and inequity. Moreover, the economic cost of incarceration dwarfs the cost of education.

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Whatever is needed.

To end the “schools to prison pipeline” we need to be educating all students, not just those headed for college. Good public education should offer a broad based elementary and secondary curriculum that includes relevant vocational education in addition to offering a path for students who wish to attend 2 and 4 year colleges.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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Research suggests that students who have been suspended are three times more likely to drop
out by the 10th grade than their peers who have never been suspended. We must make sure that
every high school in CPS has an active restorative justice program. Our limited resources
should be directed away from policing and into affirming programs and opportunities
for students.

We need to make sure that we have early intervention programs and more training for staff who need to recognize warning signs for the Children within the schools. We also need to offer more programs before and after school to keep students off the streets and doing productive work.

Increased funding and programming aimed at our youth; significantly more funding for public schools.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

After school projects, more neighborhood alternatives (trades, jobs, arts, sports)

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More support and enhancement of the Community Schools Model is what is necessary.

As previously mentioned, we must balance this by introducing and expanding programs
that help our most vulnerable youth and prevent them from moving toward crime.
During my tenure I have successfully implemented; Early Childhood Development is an
area I have been working to expand. Workforce development programs have been a
priority.
 E.A.V.I: (Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative) launched in Englewood as
a pilot program that resulted in a 28% drop in public violence
 Added 26 law enforcement cameras across the ward and invested in a
pilot program to visually patrol and dispatch
 Organized West Woodlawn Task Force for strategic action on safety
issues
 Supported new legislation that makes three-year penalties mandatory for
gang members caught carrying guns
 Worked with D.A.R.E. and Ceasefire to promote safety programs in and
out of school, along with safety committees in Woodlawn, Englewood
and Back of the Yards

I support improvement in our public schools and economic development in to create more opportunities for young Chicagoans.

There is no single program that reduces crime. But a key element is creating economic
opportunity for young people. I support partnerships with schools and businesses to introduce
students to the workforce and to create experience and connections for the students

Early childhood
programs, good education, a variety of positive activities, and JOBS.

Increased male
mentoring and corporate partnerships with CPS for high school credit instead of pay. Stop
the bleeding before the fifth and sixth grades. Build community centers where needed
with leveraged funds from the state, city, corporations and professional athletes. Reduce
the high unethical expulsion rate in Charter Schools.