CPS Families' Access to the Internet

By Denise Thurmond | June 29, 2020

We live in the Austin community, where my son is a first-grader at Leland Elementary School. When we moved into our current home, I did not sign up for home internet for the first six months because of the cost.

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Reflections After a Long Week

By Daniel Anello | June 9, 2020

It is okay to not be okay at this moment.

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Chicago Public Schools has more to do to Ensure all Students can Access Online Learning

By Claiborne Wade | June 1, 2020

I am the father of four children who attend school in the Austin community. Chicago Public Schools recently announced that 93% of students have “digital access.” I worry that this high number may lull us into complacency while it is not reflective of the reality on the ground in many of our communities.

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Evelyn Mendoza - Thoughts from the Class of 2020

By Jasmin Pizano | May 20, 2020

Like high school seniors across the country, I’m disappointed and sad that I don’t have the chance to complete my senior year with my classmates and teachers.

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Families Need Internet for Virtual Graduation

By Natalie C. Neris | May 13, 2020

Last Thursday, Mayor Lightfoot announced that, for the first time in Chicago’s history, the city will host a districtwide virtual high school graduation.

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8th Grade Virtual Graduation

By LaTeShia Hollingsworth | May 11, 2020

I am the mother of four living in the Englewood community. My oldest child is an eighth grader who is looking forward to starting high school next year.

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Not Everyone can Access Virtual Graduation

By Cata Truss | May 7, 2020

I was excited to hear that the Chicago Board of Education was going to have a graduation ceremony for the high school senior graduates in the city of Chicago. However, I am concerned that the families of some of our graduating seniors still won’t have access to that celebration.

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Parents Need Support with Remote Learning

By Maria Sanchez | April 21, 2020

Parents like me across the city were already struggling just to support our families. Now we are also being asked to take on the additional role of teacher--a job for which we have no training, no time and not nearly enough guidance from CPS.

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Remote Learning Begins at CPS. Will Virtual Efforts Make the Grade?

By Andrea Zayas | April 14, 2020

Chicago Public Schools students are now back in the classroom — virtually, that is.

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Teachers' Strike Hurting Students, Parents

By Rena Robinson | October 31, 2019

It was unfair for teachers to have the responsibility of playing multiple roles, and I thought the CTU fought for their rights.

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West Side Schools Need Funding Too

By Brenda Taylor | October 31, 2019

All children in Chicago deserve a quality education. To achieve that, every school should not be funded the same way. Providing resources for schools that need it the most is important to uplift my community and others like it.

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Funding Cuts Put City Preschools at Risk

By Antoinette Laws | September 10, 2019

When I heard about Chicago’s decision to cut funding for our preschool, Little Angels Learning Center in Englewood, I was disturbed and shocked, to say the least. This decision will have a negative effect on me and the families I serve.

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