ICNS, founded in
1973, represents students and families from approximately 800
nonpublic schools in Illinois. The tragic events in
Charlottesville, NC remind us that hate and discrimination have
no place in our society or our schools. Our organization strives
to bring together a diverse group of nonpublic schools to find
opportunities, both at the state and national level, to ensure
safe school environments are created for all children.
Superintendent Tony Smith recently wrote, “All Illinois
students, families, and staff have the right to both feel and be
safe in every school every day. There is no room for racism,
hate, or violence in our schools. In light of the tragic events
that occurred this past weekend, I want to remind you of the
anti-bias and anti-hate resources available on the ISBE website.
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has a diverse
list of books broken down by grade level, and organizations such
as Teaching Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves offer
lesson plans, professional development, and other educator
resources to help combat bias and build safe and inclusive
classrooms, where all members of the school community feel
supported as they explore new ideas and question their beliefs.”
Join ICNS today for access to Government,
Regulatory and Nonpublic School Policy Updates.