Chicago’s education watchdog is calling on the city’s public school system to address rising cases of sexual misconduct between adults and students, citing a high number of complaints and telling the system to implement more training for third-party employees.
The Chicago Public Schools’ Office of the Inspector General released a report on Tuesday detailing that the watchdog received 2,075 total complaints spanning several topics, up from 1,825 received the previous year. The office investigated about a third of the complaints, or around 685, the report stated via the Chicago Tribune.
Allegations of sexual misconduct remained the most common complaint received by the agency, with 446 complaints filed during the yearlong period between July 2022 and June 2023, down from the 470 received for last year’s period. The agency investigates all