Although no students can read at the grade level at 30 Illinois schools, including 22 in the city of Chicago, students miss academics to attend a drag show funded by a Chicago children’s hospital.
The Daily Caller News Foundation shared exclusive documents, obtained through a public records request, showing that “Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago paid Chicago Public Schools (CPS) $500 to cover the cost of a drag performance by the one of their health educators at a school resource fair, according to documents obtained by the DCNF.
The performance, by Jose Dominguez Magdaleno, took place in the school district’s May “Galactic Summit.”
The “Galaxy Summit” offered workshops for students in grades five through ten covering a variety of topics seen by the form discovered by the DCNF.
CPS is delighted to host Galaxy Summit 2023, a one-day event that celebrates and affirms the diversity of the CPS community. Join us for performances, workshops and more. Register before Monday, April 17! https://t.co/tVJDQQFRAq pic.twitter.com/V8tXO2GJQE
— CPS – Chicago Public Schools (@ChiPubSchools) April 12, 2023
On April 15, Magdaleno, a CPS admissions specialist and health educator at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, contacted Dawn Ravine, coordinator of the hospital’s sex education program, and Thalía Chicojay, communications specialist on the health of the hospital, concerning the event, a E-mail obtained by DCNF shows. Magdaleno noted that due to the “number of interests” for the summit, the school district and hospital may need to limit invitations to organizations that “work directly with LGBTQ+ youth, youth of color (transgender and non-conforming ) and other marginalized groups”.
Ravine informed the CPS sexual health specialist that the hospital would pay Magdaleno for her “Drag the joy of performance!” emails from late April to early May to show. To sponsor the show, the hospital agreed to pay the school district $500 to cover the cost of the show as well as $500 to Magdaleno for the show.
“We are sponsoring Jose’s performance at the top of the Galaxy Summit (straight gay alliance of CPS), we will invoice CPS for $500 to cover the cost, send the invoice to Derrick Little, then we will pay Jose $500 as a supplier” , Ravine wrote in the April 25 email. “We want to make sure we can pay him (as distinct from his education work). Zeke can you send Jose a w9 to fill out and any other info on what you need. Zeke can you also invoice Derrick at CPS CCed him for $500 for peak performance on 5/20/23.