Parent's Frustration with CPS and CTU Impasse

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.

By Claiborne Wade | January 7, 2022 |
Share

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.

While teachers and students’ safety is important, politics should not dictate our children’s education. We must find a quick solution that takes into account the diverse needs of each CPS school. For example, my child’s school has a COVID-19 safety committee that monitors all virus-related matters in the school. If every school had one of these committees, I am confident that we could have safe, comfortable environments for each school. Then, decisions about switching to remote learning could be made at the school level by those closest to the situation.

Ultimately, our children should not be caught in the middle of another disagreement between the mayor and the Chicago Teachers Union.

— Claiborne Wade, Chicago

Previous Next

CPS Shifts School Funding Model: Local School Council Members Weigh In

By Kids First Chicago Team | May 23, 2024

Kids First Chicago hosted a forum with over 30 Local School Council members to dissect CPS’s new funding approach and weighed in on WTTW's Chicago Tonight.

Our Voices, Policy Priorities

Kids First Chicago’s Parent Advisory Board on Illinois House Bill 303

By K1C Parent Advisory Board Executive Committee | May 13, 2024

Kids First Chicago's Parent Advisory Board weighs in on Illinois House Bill 303, indicating its support to extend the moratorium on school closures until a fully-elected school board takes office in 2027.

Our Voices, K1C Perspectives

A Day of Advocacy: EBF Funding Rally in Springfield

By Claiborne Wade | May 6, 2024

Over 150 advocates from across Illinois–including more than 40 dedicated parents and students from Kids First Chicago–converged on Springfield to champion an increase in the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) formula to at least $550 million.

Our Voices, Policy Priorities