Group says CPS broke law changing to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
CHICAGO — A group is threatening legal action against Chicago Public Schools for changing from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the school calendar.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans said the decision last week was a violation of the Open Meetings Act and would “exhaust legal procedure possible” if the school board refused to reverse the decision.
From the Sun-Times:
“According to our attorneys, the Chicago Board of Education violated its own code and the Illinois State Board of Education code in how they passed this … because there was no notice. It clearly states that in the state statute, and also by the rules of government meetings,” said Lissa Druss, a spokesperson for the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans.
A Chicago Public Schools official flatly denied the law was broken.
“Proper notice was made in compliance with the Open Meetings Act and the vote was appropriately taken,” said CPS spokeswoman Emily Bolton.
Sergio Giangrande, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans, said the decision to dump the “sacred” holiday of Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was an affront to Italian-Americans who have “endured horrific discrimination and continue to be defamed in popular culture.”
The newspaper reported that Chicago Mayor Lorie Lightfoot has not said on whether or not she’d have the school board reverse the decision. Unlike the rest of the state’s school districts, Chicago’s school board is appointed by the mayor.