The distribution of educational resources throughout Chicago has been top of mind amid the pandemic.
Disinvestment dates back to 2013 when former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School officials closed 50 schools combating a deficit in the city’s budget, which left more than 11,000 students displaced.
Whether it’s funding, after-school programming, or the number of teachers in a classroom, parents and advocates have been pushing for more investment in South and West side schools for decades.
On Monday, “Chicago Tonight” co-host and “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” host Brandis Friedman moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” community conversation series in a discussion focused on education equity and the outlook for the new school year.
Friedman was joined by Tanesha Peeples, Founder and President of The Roots Initiative; Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools; and Maria Owens, a Parent Advisory Board member and Parent Leadership Team leader at Kids First Chicago.
Our next “Chicago Tonight: Voices” community conversation is set for Monday, Sept. 12 at noon and will focus on the PBS documentary "Facing Suicide," premiering Sept 13. Visit wttw.com/events to RSVP.