Author: Chicago Unheard

This School Called DCFS on a Mom and Teacher Because Her Son Was Picked Up 7 Minutes Late

JaNay Dodson, a Chicago Public Schools teacher and mom, was unable to pick up her 10-year-old son Braylin from Inter-American Magnet School in Lakeview earlier this month because she was teaching a class of her own. She called her brother, who left work and got Braylin for her. No harm, no foul—families help each other out of jams, right? Wrong.…

Noble Charter Schools Share Tips for Remote Learning

How did your first week of school go? How was your connection? Did you have any hiccups?  If you had issues, you might be interested to see what the Noble Network of Charter Schools had on tap for their students and faculty at the start of this bizarre, upside-down, pandemic-laden school year.  Calling it #NobleReadyForRemote, this morning Noble shared on…

Chicago Parents Ask CPS to Create Black Student Achievement Taskforce

Today, a coalition of parents and advocates from Chicago’s Black community sent a letter to the leadership of Chicago Public Schools demanding critical attention to the experience and outcomes of Black students during the remote learning period and beyond. “We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Achievement Taskforce to work in concert with the district to…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Do not lose faith in parents and communities.”

For many Black families, choosing a school means ensuring that the culture and climate of the school will support and validate their children. Too often school systems label, diagnosis, and penalize Black children for displaying everyday child behaviors.  Meet Robert Eschmann: What is your dream for your children’s education? I want them to have the tools to pursue their interest, wherever…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Everyone deserves a fair education”

For many Black families, education is about beginning anew. It’s about taking the opportunity to help the next generation avoid mistakes the previous generation has made while preparing them for the future. Today’s parent is working tirelessly to nurture her kids so that they develop a love of learning she never possessed.  Meet Tina Ward: What is your dream for your…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Value the Moral Development of a School’s Curriculum as Much as the Academics.”

For many Black families,  education is more than content knowledge. Education is the vehicle through which children develop the core characteristics of who they will become.  This is important because Black parents are in a constant fight with society about who their child is, and who they will become.  Meet Jelani McEwen: What is your dream for your children’s education?…

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