COFI and Power Pac Release 2010 Guide
COFI and Power Pac releases the 2010 Parent-To-Parent Guide, Restorative Justice in Chicago Public School: Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
COFI helps to build family-supportive communities by developing parents' capacities to lead—to improve their lives, strengthen their families and better their communities. Their mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income and working families at all levels of civic life – from local institutions and communities to the city and state policy arenas. Most recently, COFI partnered with Power Pac (Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew-Policy Action Council) to produce the 2010 Parent-To-Parent Guide, Restorative Justice in Chicago Public School: Stopping the School-to- Prison Pipeline.
Power PAC consists of Chicago Public School parents, from many different neighborhoods and backgrounds, raising kids of all ages. Power PAC members felt at times that school discipline works against—not with—their children and families. It took three years, but in 2007, parents and community groups won new policies for discipline in Chicago Public Schools. Instead of the rigid and arbitrary rules of “zero tolerance” there is a new philosophy of restorative justice in the Student Code of Conduct. Now, schools, parents, and communities can organize school based programs such as Peace Circles, Peer Juries, community service, and more as alternatives to suspension, expulsion or arrest.