Demand Equity in Chicago Schools

City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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Black and Hispanic students are still suffering under Lori Lightfoot’s half-baked in-person learning plan. When a mayor or school board creates a policy, the people who have to implement that policy in schools are principals. As a result, principals have insights that no other group has. This racist instructional debacle could have been avoided if Mayor Lightfoot had simply listened to principals and taken our warnings seriously. Sign our petition to demand that Mayor Lightfoot do what she said she’d do when she was running for Mayor:

“Principals have to be at the table. Principals play an incredibly important role. Some would say the most important role … and I’m going to go in the first instance through the agent who’s responsible for being the voice and advocate for principals.”
--Lori Lightfoot, April 2019

Since becoming mayor, Lightfoot and her appointees at CPS have defaulted on her campaign commitment and attempted to ignore the elected representatives of principals. CPS students have suffered as a result. So sign our petition today to demand that the mayor and her appointed leadership at CPS consult with the elected representatives of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association in all phases of the design and implementation of district policies and initiatives, especially when those initiatives and policies rely on principals, their talent, expertise and relationships to implement them and make them successful.

To: City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
From: [Your Name]

Dear Mayor Lightfoot,

Black and Hispanic students are still suffering under your in-person learning plan. This racist instructional debacle could have been avoided if you had simply listened to principals and taken their warnings seriously. We have signed this petition to demand that you do what you said you’d do when you were running for Mayor:

In an April 2019 interview with CPAA President Troy LaRaviere, you declared:
“Principals have to be at the table. Principals play an incredibly important role. Some would say the most important role … and I’m going to go in the first instance through the agent who’s responsible for being the voice and advocate for principals.”

​Since becoming mayor, you and your appointees at CPS defaulted on your campaign commitment and attempted to ignore the elected representatives of principals. CPS students have suffered as a result. So we now demand that you and your appointed leadership at CPS consult with the elected representatives of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association in all phases of the design and implementation of district policies and initiatives, especially when those initiatives and policies rely on principals, their talent, expertise and relationships to implement them and make them successful.