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Reopening Negotiations Get Quiet While Parents Get Loud

Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union continued talks this week about how to reopen district schools safely for families who want an in-person option. But so far, there’s no deal. Chalkbeat Chicago keeps track of the blow-by-blow here.

While talks continue behind closed doors, parents are speaking out publicly about the challenges of remote learning and the lack of parent voice in decision making.

In case you missed them, Chicago Unheard has been sharing our mic with parents over the last few weeks and you can hear it directly from them. Here’s our latest conversation, en espanol, which took place earlier today:


Last Thursday, we had a thoughtful discussion moderated by our own Tanesha Peeples. Check it out here:


Most importantly, parents views on reopening, no matter who they are or where they live, are not monolithic. For more Spanish-language discussion of reopening, don’t miss our January conversation in partnership with Kids First Chicago:


If you have time this weekend, take a listen to some of these important conversations.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, 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. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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