(Published by www.citizennewspapergroup.com)
Ibie Hart realized she was interested in politics while in law school
at Loyola. She wanted to advocate for Black and brown children in the education system, so she got into the education law program, focusing on education reform policy, as well as school discipline laws and guidelines.
“So, I think for me, being in law school, I realized that, reading about the
law and learning about it, a lot about my Black life was already politicized
and formulated through the law and I didn’t like what I was reading,” she said.
Hart was a teacher at Amundsen High School and was bothered by how the students were being disciplined. She said the students weren’t being prioritized, not being seen for who they were or having their situations understood.
“If you talked to them in a different way or if we changed the way we did discipline in schools, I felt like they would have a better trajectory in their
school system,” she said. “I really wanted to go to law school to work on that reform policy and school discipline policy to make sure we were not kicking students out of the classroom, but what do wraparound services really look like.”
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