Author: Chicago Unheard

Teachers: Help us inform families about the Emergency Broadband Benefit

Did you know that every household with a child at a Chicago Public School is eligible to receive up to a $50 discount on their internet bill and a one-time discount of $100 on a device? Through the Emergency Broadband Benefit, families can take advantage of this program and receive the support they need to get and stay connected. We’re…

Graphic Description: Illustration displaying three people accessing the internet on laptops and tablets, surrounded by a blue and purple background and floral imagery. The text reads: “Connect your community: The Emergency Broadband Benefit program is offering up $50 ($75 for those living on tribal lands) off your internet bill each month. Visit Get Emergency Broadband dot org to learn more!”

Don’t Leave Chicago Families Unconnected: Why the Emergency Broadband Benefit can Transform Chicago’s Communities and Deserves the Support of Government and Local Organizations

If Chicago is to truly realize its potential in the interconnected world of the 21st century, we must ensure that no child is left unconnected and that no family must choose between putting food on the table, and paying their internet bill.

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…

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