This story was created in collaboration with Block Club Chicago, an independent journalist-run newsroom reporting stories from Chicago’s neighborhoods.
At Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, the school’s board of directors voted to keep one campus cop and replace another with a dean of culture and climate.
At Kennedy High School on the Southwest Side, the council will replace two student resource officers with a student care specialist and private security.
In high schools across the city, local school boards – once again tasked with deciding whether to keep or remove school police – are concerned with the best way to ensure the safety of students. For the first time last summer, the groups were given the power to decide whether to keep or remove the police. Of the 70+ schools that voted, 17 chose to remove the police – decisions that became largely controversial after COVID-19 resulted in school closings.
This time the conversations were more nuanced and …