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Loyola University Chicago School of Law Partnership to Assist Families in Chicago Public Schools Transition
Loyola to Conduct Independent Monitoring Project at CPS Welcoming Schools
Chicago, August 23, 2013—Loyola University Chicago’s Education Law and Policy Institute and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have partnered to conduct an independent monitoring project for two days at Chicago Public Schools when classes resume on Monday, August 26.
Approximately 50 volunteer project monitors, including law students, lawyers, and other professionals, will be assigned to schools that are expecting new students displaced by the recent CPS closings. The decision to shut down 50 schools earlier this year made national headlines for being the largest single set of public school closings in American history. The goal of the independent monitoring project is to assist the families of children who will be transitioning to a new school this fall and to ensure that children’s rights to a high quality education are preserved during that process.
“Our intention is to lend our legal expertise to assist in identifying issues early so they might be resolved,” wrote members of the monitoring project in a letter to Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, late last week.
Monitors will work in brief shifts at CPS on Monday and Tuesday next week to welcome parents and students, as well as distribute “know your rights” materials and provide legal referrals as needed. Teams of project monitors are expected to visit about half of the 53 welcoming schools on the first two days of classes.
For more information, contact Miranda Johnson, associate director of Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute at 312.915.7952 or Jessica Schneider, staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at 312.202.3651.
About Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. protects and promotes civil rights by bringing the strength and prestige of the private bar to bear on the problems of poverty and discrimination. Founded in 1969, the Committee champions equal justice and community development for underrepresented people by partnering with volunteer lawyers to provide litigation and transactional representation. For more information on the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.clccrul.org.
About The Education Law and Policy Institute
The Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers a comprehensive and integrated curriculum in education law, facilitates collaborative and interdisciplinary research and outreach in the field of education law and policy, and provides advocacy on behalf of children confronting barriers to educational opportunities. For more information on the Education Law and Policy Institute, visit www.law.luc.edu/education.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.
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