Strikingly, CPS determines its investigative needs, by what seems like a show of hands.
Investigations were conducted by a patchwork of both school-level personnel and District personnel without any District-wide coordination of efforts and results. This patchwork structure compromised the ability of students to learn in a safe educational environment.
No processes, no policies. This hurts our children. Why would CPS Legal be compelled to investigate when it potentially increases the District's liability? This is the same District whose employees regularly push parents into mediation, due process or flat out tell parents to "sue us".
And to that point, CPS's General Counsel admits there is no central process for investigation of complaints.
"The District lacked written guidelines or procedures for school-based Title IX investigations, and District witnesses did not describe a consistent practice or approach. The District’s General Counsel acknowledged that no entity in the District’s central office, including the Law Department, supervised investigations into sexual harassment allegations that were handled at the school level..."
How is it that the General Counsel's office sits at the top of CPS's organization chart, but doesn't implement basic needs for our students?
At what point will CPS be overseen in full by outside agencies - it's becoming clearer day by day that CPS can't manage itself.
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