In response to rising rates of student suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools, Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew-Policy Action Council (POWER-PAC) created the Parent-to-Parent Guide: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools. POWER-PAC introduced the Guide at workshops held at Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, 4041 West Roosevelt Road, and Power House Charter School, 931 South Homan Avenue.
The Guide makes parents aware of their rights and informs them of actions they can take when their children are suspended, expelled, or punished in unfair or inappropriate manners. In the Guide, POWER-PAC recommends an approach known as Restorative Justice, offering the offending student a chance to “repair the harm” he or she has caused.
The trainings were hosted by: Community Organizing & Family Issues, the Dvorak Parent Team, Family Focus Lawndale, the Penn Parent Team, and POWER-PAC, with support from the Steans Family Foundation.