Chicago moves to take away school police officers for equity amid violence

Chicago is advancing an effort to scrap a $10.3 million program that places police officers in Chicago Public Schools and direct their full removal by the 2024-2025 academic year.

Democratic Mayor Brandon Johnson is backing a measure to remove school resource officers and find a different plan to “create a comprehensive whole school safety policy” without them. The new policy is being requested from Chicago Public Schools by June 27 for the Chicago Board of Education to tally a final vote.

“The pattern is the same in cities across the country — activists push to get rid of school resource officers. Parents, staff, and students disagree and voice their support to keep them,” Erika Sanzi, Director of Outreach for Parents Defending Education, told the Washington Examiner. “Obviously, a police officer assigned to a school needs to be the
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