Jones Faculty Prep is among the prime selective enrollment colleges in Chicago Public Faculties, and has acquired nationwide awards. However now some dad and mom need Powers gone.
“Not caring about experiences from marginalized college students and academics is a dereliction of our duties,” mentioned Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, guardian consultant in Jones Native College Council.
Members of the council say Powers has ignored experiences of alleged misconduct on the faculty for years.
“Together with verbal abuse, a risk of bodily violence, sexual harassment, grooming and sexual abuse towards each college students and workers victims,” mentioned Cassie Creswell, chair of Jones Native College Council.
“Administration has mentioned, ‘I don’t know what’s unsuitable until somebody tells me.’ They’ve been telling you for years,” mentioned Sarah Ma, guardian consultant.
The native faculty council detailed the allegations in a partially-redacted letter in February to CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. The LSC additionally accused the administration of “violating Title IX” anti-discrimination legal guidelines, alleging, “…long-standing disparities [in resources] between women and boys sports activities groups…” and mentioned it’s “…dedicated to the security and well-being of [its] college students and takes all allegations of worker misconduct significantly.”
“Each one who walks by means of these doorways deserves respect and care,” mentioned Manaa-Hoppenworth.
Powers didn’t reply to ABC7’s request for remark. Earlier in March he despatched a letter to oldsters, accusing the LSC of “interfering in personnel issues” and “initiating direct contact with college students and workers members for functions of attacking faculty management.”
Final week, the LSC voted to request that CPS start the formal means of firing Powers. CEO Martinez has 45 days to reply.
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