Chicago Public Schools Inspector General Nicholas Schuler asked the Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark to allow his office to handle the investigation of sexual abuse allegations across the district. These investigations are currently handled by CPS’s own law department. This department is also tasked with defending the district against victim lawsuits. Schuler believes the district needs an “independent team”.
“The CPS law department simply cannot get to the bottom of all sexual misconduct allegations against CPS employees while simultaneously having the job of defending CPS against lawsuits by victims of those very same crimes,” Schuler wrote in a letter, which came just days after the Chicago Tribune posted a multi-part article outlining CPS’ failure to report ongoing sexual abuse. The article detailed systematic issues that left hundreds of sexual abuse victims without justice.