Education for All? Chicago’s next mayor and the future of public education

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Malcolm X College

1900 West Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60612

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Chicago: Education for All?

The city’s next mayor & the future of public schools

Since Chalkbeat Chicago launched in June, we’ve convened small gatherings of parents, educators, and community leaders to talk about the city’s schools. In December, we’re staging our largest event to date: a public forum and party — with pie! — all wrapped into one. The topic: Chicago’s next mayor and a public education system at a crossroads.

  • Which items should top the next mayor’s schools agenda?

  • How do we build on successes like the district’s record-high graduation rates?

  • And how do we grapple with persistent challenges like declining enrollment and equity gaps in performance and resources?

We are inviting educators, students, advocates, policy makers, and more to join us in a frank discussion. Joining us will be Chicagoans with experience in and around schools including:

  • Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Cook County Commissioner, founder of Enlace and newly elected 4th District congressman

  • Elizabeth Swanson, vice president of strategy and programs at the Joyce Foundation and the former deputy chief of staff for education for outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel

  • Daniel Anello, CEO of Kids First, which produced a new report that examines school access and capacity on the city’s South and West sides

  • Jitu Brown, national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance

  • Other panelists TBD

Evening highlights: A coffee-and-pie reception featuring Justice of the Pies and Dark Matter Coffee, inspiring student performances, and a storybooth where you can record your own message to the city’s next mayor.

We hope you will join us for this critical conversation and evening of networking with others who care about schools and Chicago youth.

Please note that our event is free | free parking on-site | wheelchair accessible | open to all ages.


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Driving: Malcolm X College is located just off of the I-290 Damen exit. Vehicles can access the college’s parking garage from Jackson Boulevard, Wolcott Street, or Wood Street. Parking on-site is free.

Public Transit: Malcolm X College is accessible via CTA Blue Line (Illinois Medical District stop), CTA Bus #157, CTA Bus #126, and CTA Bus #50.

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