BLACK VOICES: A WTTW News Community Conversation

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Brandis Friedman, BLACK VOICES: A WTTW News Community Conversation

BLACK VOICES: A WTTW News Community Conversation


Mon, August 29, 2022
8:00 pm


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WTTW News invites you to Black Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation, a virtual event on Monday, August 29 at 8:00 pm. 

It is no secret that educational resources in the city of Chicago are not evenly distributed. The history dates back to the 1863 ordinance that required segregated schools. In 2013, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public School system closed more schools at one time than ever, largely on the South and West sides of the city. This left 11,000 students, mostly Black and brown, displaced.

Since these closures, CPS has seen a decline in enrollment, which has in turn triggered a reduction in funding for schools in these neighborhoods under the Student-Based Budgeting model. Today, school funding is less equitable than ever, with schools in higher income areas subsidized by private donors. All of these factors have disproportionately affected Black students, leaving them with decreased access to a quality education. There is a great deal of work to be done to counteract this long history of disinvestment.

As we move toward back-to-school season, Chicago Tonight co-anchor and Chicago Tonight: Black Voices host Brandis Friedman will moderate a conversation focusing on the outlook for the 2022-2023 school year and the actions that must be taken to increase education equity.

This event is free, but RSVP below is required.

Lead 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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