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CTU Blasts Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Spin With Facts”

Posted by Admin On May - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Jesse Sharkey
Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his deep pocketed allies are sinking big bucks into a public relations campaign that attempts to rewrite the awful truth about his failed leadership of Chicago’s public schools. We’ve countered with a video of our own, #SameOldRahm, as part of our campaign to set the record straight on Emanuel’s deplorable education record. Check it out, share it and help get out the word that Rahm can’t run from his disgraceful record.


Emanuel also promised Tuesday to guarantee early childhood education for Chicago children – a day after damning news dropped about contract steering and corruption at CPS. Pre-K participation has actually nosedived by almost 20% since Rahm took office, and remaining programs have been grossly under-resourced — so we’ve taken aim at him for his pre-K double-talk, as well — including his new registration system that undermined parents’ attempts to enroll their kids.

Emanuel’s pre-K spin comes on the heels of a report that busted CPS for giving families in the city’s richest neighborhood special priority access to free, all-day preschool services, locking out children of poorer families. And he handed out over $1.1 million last month alone to Goldman Sacks and the other investors in his 2014 “social impact” bond deal to fund early childhood education, a move that could more than double investors’ dollars – and the costs to taxpayers.

To be blunt, we have a very bad boss. Yet we’ve held the line on his school privatization schemes, joined with allies and reporters to expose his fiscal and policy crimes, effectively challenged his despicable special education cuts, and are mounting strong contract actions and fightbacks across CPS. That’s a testament to our collective hard work, tireless advocacy and unity. Together, we can strengthen our fight to win the working conditions and the schools that our students and our members deserve — especially as we gear up for a contract fight this summer.

Jesse Sharkey
Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union

Harper Measure Aims to Make School Resource Officers More Sensitive to Student Needs

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya M. Harper, D-Chicago, is seeking to foster greater communication and understanding between students and school resource officers in neighborhood schools through training courses.

“Students should feel safe when they go to school, and parents should also have a sense of relief when their students are there. School resource officers can be a tremendous tool in fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and young people,” said Harper. “It’s time for local school resource officers to receive uniform training to best equip them to address restorative justice techniques, de-escalation best practices, crisis intervention, implicit bias and other techniques to help them best address the needs of every student who walks through those doors.”

Harper’s Senate Bill 2925 holds hold school resource officers to higher standards and requires the Enforcement Training Standard Board develop training courses for resources officers to better treat students with mental health issues, child abuse, adolescent developmental issues and more.

“Students face numerous struggles, especially those students who face the threats of school closures and may not live in healthy home environments,” said Harper. “The adults at school, at a minimum, need to be trained to be better caretakers and offer constructive guidance as students navigate personal and social challenges at a young age.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park. To stay up to date with upcoming events, legislation and neighborhood news, please contact Rep. Harper’s office at repsonyaharper@gmail.com.

$1.2 Trillion Black Buying Power Addressed at MODE Symposium in Newark, NJ

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

2018 Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Symposium Connected Major Brands to the Nearly $1.2 Trillion Dollar Buying Power of the African American Consumer


MOBE Symposium in Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — More than 250 entrepreneurs, marketing and advertising executives attended the 2018 Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Symposium recently held at Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall in the Prudential Tower, Newark, New Jersey. The event was sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc and co-sponsored by P&G.

Welcome remarks were presented by host Dorinda Walker, vice president of Cultural Insights and Activation, Brand Marketing and Advertising, at Prudential. She was joined by Yvette Moyo, Co-founder of MOBE and Real Men Cook; Curtis Symonds, Conference Chairman and CEO & Founder of HBCUX Network; and Lela Coffey, Brand Director, Beauty – Multicultural of P&G, the Symposium’s co-sponsor.

“Prudential was honored to host the 2018 MOBE Symposium in our hometown of Newark, NJ! We understand MOBE’s mission – the importance of bringing together entrepreneurs and large corporations to cultivate strategic business alliances – and value being a part of efforts that support the economic progress of the black community,” said Walker.

Legendary cable executive Leo Hindery of InterMedia Partners, Alfred Edmond Jr, SVP of Black Enterprise and Louis Carr, President, Sales at BET presented keynote addresses. Panelists included senior executives from BET Her, Essence, Morgan Stanley, iOne Digital/Hello Beautiful, American Heart Association, BlackDoctor.org, NBA Players Association, WNBA, NFL, NASCAR and the Newark Office of Film and Television.

The inaugural MOBE Awards recognized veteran advertising and marketing executives. Each award recipient was presented with a piece of framed artwork donated by the Harlem Fine Arts Show. The distinguished honorees included:

* Pepper Miller, President of The Hunter Miller Group and Ken Smikle, President & Founder of Target Market News received The Spirit Of D. Parke Gibson Award.

* Chuck Morrison, former executive of UniWorld Group, Burrell Advertising and Coca-Cola USA and Carol H. Williams, President of Carol H. Williams Advertising received the MOBE Legends Award.

* Long-time MOBE supporter Clyde Allen, President & Founder of Allen & Partners, received the MOBE Corporate Pioneer Award.

MOBE Symposium Founder, Yvette Moyo stated, “Sharing information, acknowledging our brilliance and that we drive the tone and tenor of this country in entertainment, fashion, and sports; this is the MOBE Way. Understand that our power to work together, to recognize and leverage our buying power, to celebrate and do business with each other and those who respect our value will be the key to our financial survival.”

The next MOBE Symposium will be held in April 2019 and smaller events are being planned during the year. Updated information can be found on their website, www.mobesymposium.com

About MOBE:
MOBE (Pronounced “moe-bee”) delivers business building, education and mentoring resources to African-American marketing, technology, sports & entertainment professionals with growing businesses. The MOBE Symposium provides a place to initiate strategic alliances with larger corporations.

MOBE is where Marketing, Technology, Sports & Entertainment professionals converge with early-stage/growing businesses, business professionals and corporations. Since 1992, the MOBE series has delivered business building, education and mentoring resources for African-American professionals; sports, entertainment and other entrepreneurs. The organization has facilitated deals between young companies and large corporations to grow their businesses. MOBE’s registrants have directly influenced the spending power and impacted a vastly larger urban consumer base. An estimated $200 million in business was generated to African-American companies as a direct result of associations conceived at MOBE symposiums.

About Prudential:
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2018, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

Media contact: Robin Beaman, 312-751-9689, rbeaman@beamaninc.com
Symposium contact: Pat Shields, 310-568-9091, mobesymposium@gmail.com

Photo Caption: (Left to Right): Dion Clarke, Harlem Fine Arts Show; Yvette Moyo, Founder, MOBE & Real Men Cook; Dorinda Walker, Prudential; Lela Coffey, P&G; Curtis Symonds, Chairperson, MOBE Symposium


State Rep. Flowers to Expand Opportunities for Minority Businesses in State Contract Selection

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With a focus on inclusion of historically underserved and ousted business owners, Illinois State Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, is co-sponsoring a measure that would promote greater cooperation between the State of Illinois and minority contractors.

“The tax base in the State of Illinois is full of all kinds of diverse people from different backgrounds, so it only makes sense that the businesses we contract with reflect that diversity,” said Flowers. “This bill will close the communication gap between small minority-owned businesses and the state when it comes to the qualifications and availability of opportunities to do quality business and create jobs in underserved communities.”

Flowers is the co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3106, a measure that establishes the Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative. This initiative would require the Business Enterprise Council and each Chief Procurement Officer to provide information related to minority-owned, women-owned, person-with-disabilities owned and small businesses. This information would include outreach to these businesses, education on state contracting and procurement and notification to these businesses about State contracting opportunities. Additionally, the Comptroller will maintain an updated online database of State contracts with these businesses.

“It is time we bring transparency to the State contract bidding and procurement process,” said Flowers. “When we level the playing field for businesses who have constantly been at a disadvantage, we will see these benefits shape change, not only on the job-site, but back home in the community where we are bringing good-paying jobs and opportunity.”

Senate Bill 3106 recently passed out of the Senate unanimously and is expected to be heard for consideration in the House State Government Administration Committee in the near future.

Flowers represents the 31st district, which includes portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

CPS Special Ed Debacle, Subsequent ISBE Call for Independent Monitoring Falls Squarely at Feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


From: The Chicago Teachers Union


Mayoral control again proves to be failed policy; state board’s findings could be the tip of the iceberg pending additional reports of reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning, early childhood programming


CHICAGO, IL The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement following a vote by the Illinois State Board of Education to appoint an independent monitor to oversee Chicago Public Schools’ management of special education services, after the Board found that the district committed multiple violations of federal law and endangered thousands of children:

“It is no surprise that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked Chicago Board of Education for its intentional violations of state and federal special education laws. The report and its recommendations outline a culture of blatant disregard for the law and the amoral administration of special education services for thousands of our most vulnerable students. The union hopes that ISBE will extend its monitor to oversee the practices of the district’s multiple charter school operators to ensure maximum protection for all students, and compliance with the law.

“While an independent monitor is necessary, this penalty for Emanuel’s poor stewardship of our school communities does not go far enough. The Chicago Teachers Union demands an immediate end to mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools.

“The state’s findings are the result of a massive coalition effort among CPS parents, special education advocates and CTU members and staff who have succeeded in holding the district accountable for its wrongdoing. But while we commend ISBE’s effort to address these injustices, this is only the beginning. Our union has learned of equally shameful reductions in services for students who qualify for transitional bilingual services, diverse learning and early childhood programming, and believes there are extensive violations in these areas where the district has unlawfully slashed budgets and cut corners.

“Despite the mayor’s electoral subterfuge and million dollar campaign gifts, his administration has enacted some of the deepest cuts to school services and personnel in CPS history. Under Emanuel’s failed leadership, we have seen more than 60 schools closed in low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods; the number of school nurses fall to 144 for more than 500 schools; illegal and immoral $100 million cuts to special education budgets; the elimination of close to 2,000 teacher positions; and a reduction in the number of social workers by almost 20 percent.

“In addition, already record-high class sizes have continued to balloon, and as the mayor rolls out the red carpet over community voice for a presidential library, he is currently presiding over a district with more than 500 schools, but only 157 school librarians.

“Emanuel is a failed school boss with two independent monitors now overseeing his work—ISBE and the Illinois Attorney General. His school record is abysmal. One of his handpicked school CEOs is serving time in a federal prison. Another handpicked CEO—and personal friend—was forced out of the position for sweeping ethics violations. There has been an unprecedented purging of Black, female educators. Multiple contracts with privatized janitorial companies have left our school communities filthy and infested with rodents.

“The only way forward is an end to the mayor’s inequitable and draconian student-based budgeting scheme. Our school communities deserve school budgets that reflect the aspirations of the new state formula.

“Mayoral control is a failed policy. We need an elected, representative school board.

“We need to remove the restrictions on our union’s bargaining rights so we can appropriately address the needs of our students.

“And lastly, we need a new mayor.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

Mayor’s Racist Educational Policies Derail Equality and Opportunity Decades After Brown v. Board of Education

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


CTU: Emanuel has imposed separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren in defiance of Brown v. Board of Education.


CHICAGO, IL CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today on the anniversary of the historic Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling:

“64 years ago today, the Supreme Court declared segregation in public education to be ‘inherently unequal’. Yet while Brown opened the door for generations of legal and social challenges to de facto racism in our public schools, in Chicago we still struggle with a school system that is profoundly separate and unequal. And the man who controls our schools and appoints their rulers – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – has escalated the inequality in our public education system.

“To Emanuel’s hand-picked school bureaucrats, our Black and Brown schoolchildren are inconvenient entries in an accounting ledger who deserve to be policed rather than educated – and at as little cost as possible. The infamous Willis wagons may be gone, but our overwhelmingly non-white, low-income students work from schoolbooks that are tattered and out of date, in schools that are filthy. Three-quarters of those schools lack libraries – and librarians. Our students are denied services to which they have a legal right, from special education supports to school nurses and social workers.

“To Emanuel, our Black and Brown students’ parents are a pesky impediment to gentrification schemes that are purging working class families of color from our city. He has hardened the lines of segregation by expanding magnet and selective enrollment schools, undermining the right that every community has to sustainable neighborhood public schools. He treats children as little more than a test score to advance his re-election campaigns, rather than as human beings with rights and dignity. He has snuffed out thriving school communities in Black and Brown neighborhoods over the righteous objections of parents and students, and shunted those students to the control of private charter operators who put the size of their paychecks over the needs of their students. He has purged Black educators from our schools – particularly veteran Black female educators deeply committed to the communities they serve. And he has insisted on maintaining a racist school funding formula that reinforces inequality instead of equitably funding our children’s needs as the state’s school funding formula demands.

“For the last seven years, Emanuel has imposed apartheid-like, separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren and their families – in defiance of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling more than six decades ago. He may publicly criticize Trump and Rauner, but his actions dovetail perfectly with their racist agendas – and reinforce in our schools what Brown v. Board of Education sought to overturn. It’s time for Chicagoans to reject this racist inequality and give our residents what they have demanded for years: the right to democratically elect our school board rather than suffer under the tyranny of a mayor who reinforces our children’s bondage and thwarts their opportunities.”

Negro League Baseball is Back With the Official Launch of the National Urban Professional Baseball League – Opening Game is May 25th

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National Urban Professional Baseball League

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Thanks to the National Urban Professional Baseball League, the rebirth of Negro League Baseball will take place with opening day on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Mississippi at 7pm as the Vickie Pasley All-Stars (the first African American woman to have a professional baseball team named after her) will take on the Josh Gibson All-Stars.

On May 31, 2018 the Rube Foster All-Stars will take on the Lester Barclay All-Stars at USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee for its opening day. We are encouraging all that can and will to set their schedule and plan to attend this great event a blast from the past. As each game day will have a special theme, open mic night, Jazz/Blues night, Senior Citizen Day, Gospel Night, Family & Friends Old School Night and Game Day @ The Park, not to mention the Fish Fry and Fried Chicken Dinners.

Mike Mayden, league director, comments, “We want this league to provide affordable family entertainment, promote diversity in the game of baseball, rekindle past memories of African American baseball players and to link this new generation of youth baseball players to the past history of the game.”

The season will run from May 25th though the second week in August. The home fields will be Wooten Legion Field in Laurel, Mississippi and USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee. Full schedules are posted on the website at www.nupbl.com.

“Opening day will be Gospel Night for both openers as we dedicate this league to God,” Mayden says.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. To inquire, please contact the league at baseball@nupbl.com or (773) 741-3530. Admission is just $8 per person, and parking is free.

Photo Caption: Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National Urban Professional Baseball League

African Small Business Expo: It’s All About The Students…and Entrepreneurship

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 17 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
By Dr. Juanita Bratcher
Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Little while ago, Andrea Graham was awarded the “Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow Empowering Humanity Award” by Love Truth and Peace Global Initiative. She was the first Chicagoan ever to receive the Ambassador award. She is also known as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Golden Rule. Graham has been the recipient of several awards for her skills and activism helping students, and deservingly so. But to Graham, it’s all about the students and entrepreneurship, for them to own their own businesses. She sees that as a plus for them, and has taken a lead role in helping them to accomplish their goals at a young age.

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Graham’s International Youth Ambassadors Club, in conjunction with the Africa Global Chamber of Commerce AGCC, will host the African Small Business Expo at Sullivan High School, Chicago, 6631 N. Bosworth Ave., from 9 AM to 4 PM., with a networking session afterwards with businesses and students.

This year’s theme is: “Empowering Young Entrepreneurs and Connecting our Community.” The event is open to the general public and Federal, State, City of Chicago Agencies and businesses will attend.

Graham started working at Sullivan High School five years ago. She volunteered at the school prior to her employment there in a Title One position and was also the Parent Advisory Chain. At that time, her children were students at the school. The other parents voted her in as Chair. They had a budget. It was a project reauthorized by the Bush Administration and later the program was changed to “No Child Left Behind.”

Graham started the club because there were “many African Americans at the school.  Some had started a business at the school – Tye Dye African inspired shirts and they were fashion designers and some of their clothing were tied into American outfits.

The girls liked dancing “so I got costumes for them and they performed at the club and at our Expo last year. I wanted to introduce, expose, inspire and engage young people to the world of global trade, exporting and importing goods internationally.


I have a relationship with Dr. Melida Harris Barrow, who is also an author. She  is trying to help people and bridge the gap between companies and countries – South America, Central America, and Caribbean island. She is doing that by going to one of Panama City Panama, one of the largest places in that particular region – People from Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. She noticed that there were no African or Caribbean representation at Extocomer. It has been going on now for 37 years and Africans still have not made its presence there yet.

Graham said they will take a contingent of students to Panama City Panama/Extocomer and other places on March 25, 2019 and return on March 31.  The consulate of South Africa will give the keynote address to students, and businesses will be there to promote their businesses and students.

“It is open to the public and vendors can pay a small fee if they’d like to participate. It will help to raise money for students who will make the trip in March. We also have a few pledges of support that will help pay for students’ trip. A Chicago TV personality has pledged $2,000 and Copa Airlines will work a package out for them and will also bring some Panamanian folklore. She is working on that. She’s doing it to help the students because many of them can’t go to Expo. They can’t travel because they don’t have the proper documents to travel; that’s why we’re having Expo at the school.”

Additionally, In July Graham said they will have an Entrepreneurship Youth Summit with Africans and African Americans coming together.

When Graham received her Goodwill Ambassador of the Golden Rule, she also received The “Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow Empowering Humanity Award”.  During the Golden Rule Award Ceremony during Black History Month Celebration, hosted by Dr. Gladys Loggin, USA Africa Economic and Business Development Center, it was noted that “Graham is a change agent that demonstrates her belief in helping others through action.  As a networker, she conceives, arranges, and completes all the work necessary to bring people together for the betterment of all involved.  As her mentor, professor emeritus Dan Creeley Jr. once said, “She has vision and the passion of a missionary, with the skill of gentle persuasion to get others to want to listen to her ideas.”

Thank you Andrea Graham for your initiatives.  We all love you…

Graham said: “I like putting partnership alliances together and bring resources to the school. I like international affairs. I do it all for the students.”

As Nation Turns its Eyes to Youth, Chicago Students Show They’re Ready to Lead

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

350 teen problem-solvers from 60 schools will gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues at Mikva’s Action Civics Showcase


CHICAGO, IL – Following a school year of action, Chicago youth will gather to showcase their year-long activism effort to better their schools and neighborhoods at Chicago’s 16th Annual Action Civics Showcase on May 22, 2018 at The Bridgeport Art Center. Mikva Challenge will host the showcase in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement. The morning will begin with a competition, inspired by the Aspen Challenge, for select projects with participants competing for a trip for their team to the nation’s capital.


To better understand and support refugee families in their community, youth leaders at Dever Elementary created an awareness campaign, organizing efforts with CPS, and raising funds for local organizations. To increase STEM education opportunities in their community, youth from Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest created prototype chargers to also power local businesses and community members. To address water access from school facilities, youth from Morgan Park High School secured grant funding to fix a water fountain in their building. Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez hosted a voter education and registration events; lobbied in Washington, DC for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip. To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students at Farragut Career Academy hosted conversations with their state representatives–they met with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.


“By working on a project to support refugee populations with my students, we’re learning that we don’t have to be constrained by the 4 walls of our school–we can act outside the classroom,” said Jane Leyderman from Dever Elementary.


Many of the projects to be presented at the Showcase received mini-grants from the Allstate Insurance Company. The Showcase is also being supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros Foundation, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Our classroom-based youth action teams are supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Brinson Foundation and the Augustana Henze Endowment.


When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4pm-6pm


Where: The Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Visuals: Over 350 young people will have their projects on display at the event. There will also be elected officials, teachers and community leaders at the event.


Action Civics Showcase 2018 – Project Highlights


Project Title


Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest

“Empowering Communities via S.T.E.M.”:

To address a lack of S.T.E.M education in their communities, Camelot students created Altoid/tin direct current battery backup modules to charge Androids and iPhones. They plan to utilize their prototypes to teach community members how to build their own chargers and build a solar powered charger.

William Dever Elementary

“Refugee Assistance Project”

Students researched ways of supporting refugees–they interviewed a Syrian refugee, and the CPS refugee intake office manager. They created an awareness campaign on the travel ban impacts; organized direct actions; and will host a bake sale to benefit a local refugee organization. They will host refugee students from Sullivan High School; partner with the organization RefuSHE to support refugee girls in Nairobi, Kenya; and host CPS representative Robert Martwick at their school in June.

Morgan Park High School

“Water Please”

Concerned about the lack of usable fountains and access to water in their school, youth leaders surveyed their peers and school engineers about the issue. Students were able to use grant funds to repair one of the fountains in the cafeteria. They are now working on a plan to teach students about how to help take care of school property.

Benito Juarez Community Academy

“Juarez Navigators”

Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez researched voting history and  participation (for young people and latinos) in recent elections; hosted a voter education and registration events; and sent youth to Washington, DC to lobby for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip.

Farragut Career Academy

“Town Hall Meeting”

To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students examined statistics and proposed gun control legislation. They invited their state representatives to their school to talk about their position about gun control, and to discuss how they see the bills they supported affecting violence in Little Village. They also held a meeting with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.



8,000 young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually.  Named after Abner and Zoe Mikva, the Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, nonprofit that develops youth to be informed, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.


State Rep. Harper CPS Measure That Helps Avoid South Side School Closures Passes House

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, ILFighting to prevent future school closures on the South Side without proper warning, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D–Chicago, helped pass a measure that mandates Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to provide more notice and information on the status of schools.

“This effort is long overdue for my residents and all the parents and students on the South and West Sides,” said Harper. “When CPS makes a decision to close schools, it affects us. It hurts my families. Our schools close, while more and more resources go to wealthier schools across the city.”

Harper’s legislation, House Bill 5721, would stipulate new reporting requirements for CPS to abide by when they produce their master education facilities plan, capital improvement plans and school transition plans. CPS provides these reports in order to determine each school’s necessary resources for long-term purposes. However, as we have seen in recent years, CPS has closed schools’ doors without notice and left students on the South Side without a neighborhood school to go to or required them to travel to a consolidated new school.

Harper’s bill would require CPS to take vastly new steps in order to avoid sudden school closures. They include community engagement plans that seek student and parent input, monetary options to pursue to increase funding to schools, timelines of each school to address their specific capital needs, justifications for school expansions, detailing a five-year funding plan to receiving schools and much more. If CPS fails to adhere to any of these requirements outlined in the bill, the General Assembly can withhold distributing all capital funding.

“CPS should provide more information to everyone, especially my residents given the historic unequal treatment we pay for, when they develop their plans for its schools. It’s only fair to be given every detail about our schools so we can offer input and make the best decision for our students,” said Harper. “While this measure is a good start to attacking the larger problem of residents feeling the brunt of sudden school closures, we also need greater representation in an elected school board in Chicago.”

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