Month: June 2016

Gov. Rauner, Don’t Call Yourself a Charter School Supporter Until You Fund Our Schools

The war between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state’s General Assembly has claimed its first charter casualty: Chicago’s Galapagos Charter School. More than likely, more will follow. That’s because charter schools are public schools, and in Illinois, that means they too are subject to our inadequate, unfair school funding formula and our record-setting budget stalemate. If Chicago Public Schools takes the…

Illinois Must Have A Budget For Our Schools By August 1st! #TheClockIsTicking

Dear Legislators, I am writing today because parent voice needs to be uplifted and amplified in discussions that affect children and families. I, along with hundreds of other parents, am extremely concerned about the lack of public school funding and the anticipated additional budget cuts that will dramatically affect our students in Chicago. The Illinois State Constitution promises “the state…

Letter from an Angry Black Father

It’s Father’s Day weekend and I know that I shouldn’t be associating anger with this cherished Hallmark holiday.  But, I can’t help it…Father’s Day is a very reflective time for me.  And as a citizen of a state that can’t figure out how to educate children and a city where black folks get shot in broad daylight in front of…

5 Reasons Why I Left CPS

Ten years ago as an undergraduate elementary education student at UIC, no one could have ever told me that I would leave Chicago Public Schools. There are five major factors that pushed me to transition out of CPS and into another school district. CONSISTENCY. In my short six years at CPS, I had the pleasure of working under four CEOs.…

Moments that Matter

Earlier this week, the University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Campus held their annual commencement ceremony for its graduating seniors.  Kai Stewart, the class valedictorian, stepped to the microphone to address her classmates, school administration and hundreds of proud family members in the audience.  During her speech, Kai reflected on her high school journey, spoke passionately and enthusiastically about her future…