Looking at School Integration Through an Equity Lens: Two Case Studies
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Place: McCormick Foundation, Lakeview Room, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 4300, Chicago
The Chicago Board of Education recently voted to convert National Teachers Academy, a high-performing, majority black, and low-income neighborhood elementary school in the South Loop, into a new neighborhood high school that will serve the South Loop, Bronzeville, Bridgeport, Chinatown and other Near South Side neighborhoods. The board also approved a measure to merge Jenner Academy of the Arts and Ogden International School of Chicago, two racially and socioeconomically dissimilar elementary schools on the North Side.
Both of these school actions are being framed as integration however, the community engagement and community response have been starkly different –this conversation begins to unpack that difference using an equity lens.
Join us for a conversation about the impact of Chicago’s shifting population and declining school enrollment and the need for comprehensive school planning, strategies and policies to create racially and socioeconomically integrated and equitable schools, and how to include meaningful public participation, especially those most impacted, in decisions about schools. We will begin the conversation with the history of school segregation and integration in Chicago and its lasting impact on students and communities.
Joining us for this conversation are:
Audrey Johnson, Parent Advisory Council, National Teachers Academy
Candace Moore, Staff Attorney, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Marisa Novara, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois Chicago
Lori Smedley, Parent, Ogden International School