Apologetic CPS Boss Promises Reform In Wake Of Sex-Abuse Scandal

Steve Miller
July 16, 2018 - 5:38 pm

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The head of the Chicago Public Schools acknowledges the "system's failure to protect children,” but she says she's not in crisis mode.

Chicago Schools CEO Janice Jackson has announced a $26 million program to pay for 160 full-time social workers to work in 160 of what she calls "high-need" schools. Also being funded: 100 case managers.

Jackson also addressed the sex abuse scandal in the public schools.

"There is no question that CPS failed students, in many cases,” she said. "To the survivors, I say, at every step of the way we should have listened to you. We should have protected you. And in some cases, we failed you.

"But I also know that sorry isn't going to cut it. There are too many victims who are not able to tell their story. Too many victims who were not believed -- or worse, blamed.  We can never let that happen again."

Jackson got choked up when she said she was committed to doing everything in her power, as if she were protecting her own children.

Jackson made her comments at a City Club of Chicago luncheon.