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.
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.
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.
Last Thursday, Mayor Lightfoot announced that, for the first time in Chicago’s history, the city will host a districtwide virtual high school graduation.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago Public Schools students are now back in the classroom — virtually, that is.
It was unfair for teachers to have the responsibility of playing multiple roles, and I thought the CTU fought for their rights.
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.
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.