BLACK VOICES: A Conversation with the WTTW News Community

WTTW News invites you to Black Voices: A Conversation with the WTTW News Communitya virtual event on Monday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m.

It’s no secret that the educational resources of the city of Chicago are not evenly distributed. The story goes back to the 1863 ordinance that required separate schools. In 2013, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s public school system closed more schools at the same time than ever before, mostly on the south and west sides of the city. This left 11,000 mostly black and brown students displaced.

Since these closures, CPS has experienced declining enrollment, which in turn has triggered a reduction in funding for schools in these neighborhoods under the student-focused budgeting model. Today, school funding is less equitable than ever, with schools in high-income areas being subsidized by private donors. All of these factors have disproportionately affected black students, leaving them with reduced access to quality education. There is a lot of work to be done to counter this long history of divestment.

As the new school year approaches, chicago tonight co-presenter and Chicago Tonight: Black Voices Host Brandis Friedman will lead a conversation on the outlook for the 2022-2023 school year and actions to be taken to increase equity in education.

Primary support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Fifth Third Bank. Additional support is provided by Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr.; Allstate; The Chicago Community Trust; The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; The Field Foundation of Illinois; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Julian Grace Foundation; Nicholas Antoine; and Judy and John McCarter.

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