UPDATED: SB100 5/20 passed both chambers of the GA and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a youth organizing collaborative for education and racial justice led by students of color from community organizations across the city of Chicago.
One focus of their organizing is SB100, a bill sponsored by Senator Kim Lightford passed the Illinois Senate by a wide margin.
The intent of SB 100 is to stop the no tolerance discipline policies in Illinois schools.
- Placing standards on the use of long-term out of school suspensions, expulsions and other harsh disciplinary practices
- Prohibiting the use of all disciplinary fines and fees
- Prohibiting the “zero-tolerance” policies that lead to high numbers of suspensions and expulsions of students of color
- Allowing schools to have local decision making authority over student discipline issues.
Next stop is the Illinois House.
SB 100 is a groundbreaking effort led by youth leaders from VOYCE, who have been in Springfield advocating every week for almost 2 years now. SB 100 would represent the most significant “school-to-prison pipeline” state legislation ever passed in the U.S.
Illinois has one of the highest racial disparities in the country when it comes to school discipline. SB 100 would help to change that.
Call or email your Illinois State Representative.