Some parents from Dummond Montessori Magnet sent me this notice about an event on Tuesday for those interested in the consent decree, which comes up for review in November.
It seems to me that the consent decree is all but gone -- but what do I know?
Click below for event details.
Drummond Families Together www.drummondfamiliestogether.
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PRESS ADVISORY FOR:
September 23, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Judge Considers Releasing Chicago Public Schools from Desegregation
Consent Decree; Existing Racial Diversity Goals in Magnet Schools would
Event will discuss the history of desegregation in Chicago schools and the threat of re-segregation
Chicago, Il ─ A forum on September 23rd, 2008 held at Casa Central, 1335 N. California at 6:00 p.m., will
set out to educate Chicago parents and community members about why and
how magnet schools came to exist in Chicago, how they are related to
the civil rights movement to provide quality education to the
least-served students of color, and how such a model for integration
and diversity face a pending threat.
Magnet schools and the “choice” model have prevailed nationally
among local schools districts as the preferred and primary vehicle for
integration and maintaining racial and class diversity since the 1970s.
Chicago Public Schools followed this national trend when it entered
into a “consent decree” with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1980,
modified it in 2004 and again in 2006. Through the consent decrees, CPS
agreed to desegregate its schools in part by developing magnet schools
that would attract voluntarily, a diverse student body based on the
particular specialized instruction offered by the magnet school. CPS
also made commitments to providing more services for and reporting on
education for English Language Learners (ELL) and special needs
On November 10, 2008, federal judge Charles Kocoras will convene a
judicial hearing to consider whether to declare that CPS operates as a
“unitary” system—i.e., one no longer in need of federal oversight to
desegregate. Such a declaration of “unitary status” would abolish the
existing consent decree and its racial diversity goals in all of
Chicago’s magnet schools, as well as CPS’ identified commitments to
English Language Learners and special needs students. The future
of racial diversity in CPS would then be limited by the recent U.S.
Supreme Court decision in Parents Concerned in Community Schools v.
Seattle (“PICS”), in which the Justice Roberts majority prohibited
racial balancing goals in public school K-12 admissions.
Parents from Drummond Montessori Magnet School in Chicago have come
together with civil rights and progressive education organizations to
highlight this important issue.
WHO: Drummond Families Together, Cook County Commissioner Roberto
Maldonado, American Friends Service Committee, DePaul University
College of Law Diversity Committee, Parents United for Responsible
Education (PURE), Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education,
Center for Anti-Oppressive Education; UIC Institute for Research on
Race & Public Policy, Small Schools Workshop, The Civil Rights
Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles
WHAT: Diversity & Desegregation: The History of Chicago Magnet Schools & the Pending Threat of Re-segregation
Meza from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund,
Valerie Johnson from DePaul University and Moderator Roberto Maldonado,
Cook County Commissioner. All available for interview after event.
WHERE: Casa Central, 1335 N. California at 6:00 p.m.
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