As today signifies the official start of the Holiday Season, let us be conscious of the sacrifices made by those seeking to better our future. Over 20,000 teachers and paraprofessionals continue to stick with the students, parents, and communities in being the fundamental building blocks of Chicago. We must ensure that both the City and Springfield provide education funding, so that resources can be given to traditional district-run schools.
These schools have been present throughout Chicago neighborhoods for decades, allowing them to understand the need community residents call for. These schools reflect not only the students within its walls, but on the community as a whole. Educators in these district-run schools take the time to not only grow and develop students academically, but also emotionally, physically, and mentally.
You can find CPS students with their teachers at Girls on The Run events, that teaches young girls essential life skills, or attending workshops such as Teachers for Social Justice, where students and teachers can learn to better their school’s environment.
This next level learning provided by these adults does inspire and allow students to realize that issues people are fighting for encompass struggles that are inextricably linked. That is why we can no longer ignore nor pretend that institutionalized oppressions that plague our city are not interconnected.
If we are able to change the educational system within our state, it can lead to more systemic changes our state, our country needs. The announcement of reinstating special education positions may be viewed by many as a small victory, but for parents and educators who have children who are dependent on special education programs, it is a step in the right direction.
When asked about about the concern for quality special education programs, CPS told Payton News, “It is crucial for every child in CPS to receive the tools and resources they need to be successful, and we are fully committed to ensuring every child with an individual education program receives the services outlined in their plans. CPS is currently reviewing all special education position allocations throughout the District to ensure the needs of every student with an IEP are met.”
This required resource, is just one of many needed across the city.
With the time spent with families, loved ones, or yourself, use it as a time of reflection, to reflect upon the year’s events and create plans with expectations for the future. Solidarity: One Vision. One Voice.
Photo Credit: Sandy Moreno