11/4/23 LaRaviere on CPS Discrimination Against Black Principals / November is
Many in Chicago are calling for an investigation after Chicago Public Schools fired at least seven of the district’s Black principals over the 2022-2023 school year.
Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump is representing principals Abdul Muhammad, Gerald Morrow, and Kimberly Gibson, who said they were wrongfully terminated. “If it happens once, it’s an incident. It happens twice, it’s a coincidence. But when it happens, three times, four times, five times, six times, seven times it is a pattern and practice of discrimination against Black principals,” Attorney Ben Crump said during a recent press conference.
Troy LaRaviere, President of Chicago Principals and Administrators Association (CPAA) demanded that Mayor Brandon Johnson reinstate the three to their former positions. LaRaviere also called on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to “investigate the abusive and discriminatory patterns and practices of Chicago Public Schools” that he says led to the removal of the administrators.
COAL is honored to host CPAA President Troy LaRaviere, this Saturday, November 4, 2023, to discuss what appears to be strong evidence of CPS’ discriminatory practices against Black male principals, and what the community can and must do to support this next front in the fight to improve the education of our community’s children.
Please join COAL at its November Breakfast for an important conversation on CPS’ mistreatment of strong Black male principals.
We, as a community, must challenge systems that do not prioritize the education of our children, that devalue our community institutions, that disrespect our people, and that do not listen to the voices of our community.
COAL Board of Directors
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