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Suspension Advocacy Project

Stand Up For Each Other! Chicago (SUFEO)

HOTLINE: 773-8000-EDU

When a student is disciplined in school, it frequently indicates a need for other supports and services. Stand Up for Each Other! Chicago (SUFEO) is an initiative led by law students to addresses suspension issues in Chicago schools. For many students from low-income backgrounds, out-of-school discipline means that they are at home alone or on the streets. The goal of the organization is to reduce the use of these suspensions and keep young people in school by helping those being suspended for trivial reasons.

SUFEO runs a hotline that is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. five days a week. Some parents and students don't know they have a right to appeal suspensions or how to go about doing so. SUFEO advocates teaching parents to know their rights and how to effectively communicate with administrators. Through SUFEO, law students also advocate for students and parents in the suspension appeal process.

SUFEO! Chicago is a joint project of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It was launched in October 2014 and is modeled after the Stand Up for Each Other! project that operates in New Orleans and the Suspension Representation Project in New York City.