Summit to tackle the future of education in Chicago

The Christian Council on Urban Affairs presented a panel of distinguished educators and community activists discussing the future of education for Chicago’s African American youth and the community at large Sunday at the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 531 N. Kedzie, Chicago.
 
Prompted by the inauguration of the first new mayor in decades, the summit  focused on the following issues:
 
What is happening at Chicago State University, City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools?
 
Is U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hearing and responding to the local concerns regarding education in Chicago?
 
Will the six presidents of the City Colleges be given a chance to advance education and retain their positions?
 
Will the Chicago Board of education close more schools and allow charter schools to displace children and educators with no regard of their concerns?
 
Will Chicago State University expand its services to serve the West Side of Chicago?
 
The panel, chaired by Rev. Paul Jakes, Jr. of New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, was keynoted by legendary attorney and civil rights activist “TNT” Thomas Todd, the recipient of more than 500 awards and honorary degrees.
 
Other panelists included:
 
Rev. Albert Tyson, former City Colleges of Chicago Board Member;
 
Former State Senator Alice Palmer
 
Retired Civil Rights Attorney Lawrence Kennon
 
Theodore Fabriek, Chaiman of the Student District Council of the City Colleges of Chicago;  
 
Dr. Shirley Ewing, Principal, Bieler Elementary School
 
Dr. Eddie Read, former President of the Black Independent Political Organization and Chicago Black United Communities