A little over a week ago, CPS laid off 1,000 employees—half of those were teachers. Today, in doing my daily Facebook rounds, I learned that there is an upcoming hiring fair in which CPS plans to hire 1,000 teachers. What kind of game is the district playing?
Additionally, there will be public hearings in which parents can come and voice their concerns about the recent layoffs…and I’m sure they will also sound off about the turmoil in CPS in general. My major concern is that none of the hearings are located in the mid, far south or west side of the city—areas that have been most impacted by CPS’ inability to adequately and equitably educate our students. Once again, we have been left out.
Parents and community members must make their voices heard! There has been a continual effort to exclude certain demographics from the conversation surrounding quality education and it must end now. Education is the foundation of a strong future for our youth. Good schools are pivotal in shaping thriving communities. So in order to protect the future of our youth and our communities, we have to bring our needs and concerns to the forefront, by any means necessary.
The upcoming and first ever Parent Congress, hosted by Chicago Unheard, is that opportunity for parents to begin discussion around what needs to change in public education and what steps need to be taken in order to implement that change. With 1,000 district employees being laid off, insufficient funds and resources threatening the quality of education for public school students and a potential teacher’s strike looming, we cannot withstand another blow to our children’s education. I urge you to come together with other parents from across the city on August 27th from 9am to 2pm at Chicago Embassy Church to finally put a plan into action–our communities are dependent on it!
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