Press Releases

May 23, 2012

Chicago Public Schools and PUSH for Excellence Announce Partnership to Encourage Civic Engagement

CPS and PUSH Excel to Hold Voter Registration Drives at High Schools Across the District

Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the PUSH for Excellence Inc. (PUSH Excel) today announced a partnership to encourage CPS graduating seniors to register to vote so they can be a part of the General Election in November 2012. CPS and PUSH are working to reach as many CPS high schools as possible, with the goal of ultimately ensuring all seniors are registered to vote by graduation.

“Voting is the foundational act of citizenship, and we want to encourage all eligible students to take advantage of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote this fall,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “We applaud the efforts of Reverend Jesse Jackson and PUSH Excel in their determination to engage our students in the future of their country and make their voices heard.”

During the final two weeks of May, CPS and PUSH Excel will work together to register graduating high school seniors by setting up voter registration stations in high schools across the District. Voter registration stations will be set up in cafeterias, auditoriums, classrooms, main hallways, and at graduation rehearsals or ceremonies. The process of voter registration and voter engagement will be continued during the beginning of the school year in September, October and November.

“Young America must come alive and join the voter engagement drive in 2012,” said Reverend Jackson.

PUSH Excel was formed in 1975 by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, progressive organization fighting for high quality education for all school-age students.

The Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 405,000 students in more than 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school system.

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