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Kids First Chicago Celebrates Education Milestones with Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges


On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Kids First Chicago commemorated the 70th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision with featured guest Ruby Bridges and nearly 400 civic, education, and philanthropic leaders.

Kids First Chicago Statement on Illinois Senate Chicago Elected School Board Legislation


Kids First Chicago requests that the Illinois Senate address concerns with Senate Bill 3757, including district representation, undemocratic barriers to participation, noncitizen participation, and compensation for service.

Coalition Pushes Mayor Johnson for Authentic Community Engagement around CPS Board Policymaking


Two dozen Chicago community and education organizations co-sign letter to Mayor Johnson requesting his leadership in committing to authentic community engagement around our public schools.

Kids First Chicago Response to Developments on Chicago's Elected School Board Transition


Kids First Chicago calls upon the Illinois state legislature to hold new hearings to examine the competing proposals for Chicago’s first-ever elected school board.

New Report: Parents Offer Solutions to Chicago’s School Enrollment Crisis


Kids First Chicago releases an in-depth report series with families’ recommendations to help stem Chicago’s persistent and precipitous decline in student enrollment. Parents ranked seven primary roadblocks for retaining population; crime and safety, taxes and cost of living, education, housing, job quality, access to quality healthcare, and the presence (or lack thereof) of government programs.

Kids First Chicago Response to CPS’s December 2023 Board Resolution


Kids First Chicago responds to CPS’s December 2023 Board Resolution, which states the district will "transition away" from from a system of choice, and strongly urges the Chicago Board of Education to walk back this resolution until a comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent public engagement process is conducted.

Parents Celebrate Continued Progress on Inaugural Elected School Board


Parents and community leaders from Kids First Chicago's Elected School Board Task Force (ESBTF) thank the Illinois General Assembly for its continued efforts to ensure equitable representation in Chicago’s future elected school board.

Insights from K1C's Citywide Poll on Chicago’s Transition to an Elected School Board.


Results of a poll commissioned by Kids First Chicago (K1C) of 723 registered and eligible voters on Chicago’s forthcoming elected school board will be shared Thursday evening at a virtual Town Hall hosted by K1C and Mikva Challenge.

Parents Comment on Delay on Drawing Elected School Board Districts


After watching the districting process play out over the past few months, it's obvious what parents want – fair racial representation so the school board will look like and understand the students and the communities they live in.

CPS Parents Respond to Latest Proposal on Chicago Elected School Board District Map


We call upon the Senate Special Committee on the Chicago Elected Representative School Board and the House Working Group to return to the drawing board and amend these maps to better represent CPS’s students.

South & West Side CPS Parents Virtual Press Conference Monday 11:30 AM


A variety of parent perspectives on remote or in-person learning will be offered by CPS parents with children attending schools on Chicago’s South and West sides in a virtual press conference.

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