Ald. Susan West has made a request to relax the agreement. By a vote of 4 to 2 and one abstention, the seven members of the board of directors appointed by the mayor approved a one-year intergovernmental agreement between the school district and the CPD, which will provide the 55 Chicago high schools with the Head of School Resources (SROs). Under the revised agreement, SROs can no longer intervene in schools with persistent allegations of excessive violence or complaints about inappropriate interactions with youth over the past five years. MIDDLETON – Middleton Common Council has tabled an agreement with the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) to make available to police officers from Middleton High School (MHS) and Kromrey Middle School after voting in favour of a review of the issue. The agreement for the Student Resource Officer (SRO) program has been put to the test since the School Board approved the program on June 22 by community members, students, parents and alumni to suspend the program during the review. Hinahara proposed to the district to review the program within the first three months of the school, while teaching is held almost before the revision of the agreement. Mr. Hinahara said that the amended agreement adopted by the school board was not satisfactory and that the Council should vote in favour of sending the item until it was corrected. Although the IGA will not fundamentally change the daily lives of PPS students, the collaboration between the two institutions is worrisome for many. Many students and community members feel that the PPS Ministry of Education has not represented them and that the increased presence of SROs in schools contributes to discomfort or a sense of security. In response to the board`s vote, students from a number of PPS high schools organized to oppose the IGA.
Lujan finds the „unified approach that students have already taken,” inspiring and encouraging all those interested in IGA to „be as civic as possible.” It is not yet clear when Portland City Council will vote on the agreement, but students hope they can work together to prevent that from happening. While student safety is the priority on all sides, the impact of the IGA still needs to be accepted as positive by many members of the PPS community.