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The Case for Compensating Chicago School Board Members

By Consuelo Martinez, Lorena Lopez | April 1, 2024

Lorena Lopez and Consuelo Martinez, both members of Kids First Chicago’s Parent Advisory Board and Elected School Board Task Force who also serve on Local School Councils, share a compelling argument to compensate Chicago's elected school board members.

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Funding Illinois' Future Responds to Governor's Budget Proposal, Claiborne Wade Weighs In

By Claiborne Wade, Funding Illinois' Future Coalition | February 23, 2024

Published originally by Funding Illinois' Future coalition on Feb. 23, 2024.

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Let Noncitizens Vote in Chicago School Board Elections

By Jessica Cañas, Hal Woods | February 16, 2024

Published originally in the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 15, 2024.

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Families Deserve a Voice in Chicago's School Board Decision

By Blaire Flowers | January 30, 2024

Published originally in the Chicago Tribune on Jan. 29, 2024.

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Our Dreams Deferred No More: Parents secure more racially representative districts

By Blaire Flowers | November 22, 2023

CPS parent reflects on the progress made to ensure Chicago's future elected school board prioritizes what Chicago parents and voters want.

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Letter From PAB Leaders to Mayor Brandon Johnson

June 1, 2023

Kids First Chicago’s Parent Advisory Board members reached out to the newly inaugurated Mayor Brandon Johnson, inviting him to collaborate with our community to ensure a high-quality education for all of Chicago's students.

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Parent's Frustration with CPS and CTU Impasse

By Claiborne Wade | January 7, 2022

As a parent of four children in Chicago Public Schools from the Austin community, I am frustrated with the disorganization that has left families with closed schools this week.

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CPS Parent Advocates for In-Person Learning

By Karonda Locust | January 3, 2022

I believe CPS has done a good job making the necessary adjustments this year to keep our children safe. We can’t go back to remote learning, even for a short time.

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CPS Parents want to be a Partner in Educational Decision-Making

By Katrina Adams | April 15, 2021

As the mother of CPS students, I think it is critically important that we have a voice in determining how any future CPS school board should be structured because it will be our children who are most impacted.

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CPS Parents Should Have a Say in New School Board

By Yolanda Williams | April 15, 2021

CPS parents like myself deserve to have a say in the design of a new School Board.

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Parent Perspectives on School Board Governance

By Claiborne Wade | March 25, 2021

I understand that our elected leaders have the challenge of meeting the needs of CPS while remaining accountable to the citizens of Chicago

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Chicago Sun-Times: Free Laptops, School Supplies Handed out in Englewood

By Kids First Chicago | September 2, 2020

Kids First Chicago Parent Advisory Board (PAB) members organized a laptop and school supply giveaway in Englewood through their organization, Something Good in Englewood, in partnership with Comp-U-Dopt.

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