From Chicago to Connecticut, Moms Are Fighting for Equity

From Connecticut to Chicago, moms of all backgrounds are starting a conversation about educational equity. In Connecticut, mom Gwen Samuel and parents like her are fighting to open empty seats in magnet schools to Black and Brown children. One of Connecticut’s greatest challenges in creating diverse magnet schools has been building bridges to white and affluent families who have multiple good options, while Black and Brown Hartford families are betting everything on the magnet lottery.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, moms have built bridges from a whiter, more affluent school community to public housing residents and their neighborhood elementary school.

Think there’s a good conversation here? You’d be right.

The story the effort to merge Ogden and Jenner elementary schools is going on the road, to Connecticut this weekend, via this video:

Here’s hoping it’s just the beginning of a national conversation about building parents united for equity across lines of race and class.

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Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a senior writer and editor at Education Post, but before that she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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