After 16 months of remote learning, and as the city struggles with an increase in COVID-19 cases and new variants, Chicago students, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff returned to classrooms earlier this week. While we sit with excitement about the first days of classes, we also are cautious about the safety and well-being of our children, friends and loved ones. And even as the mayor touts a successful re-opening, 2,000+ Chicago Public School (CPS) students were unable to get bus service due to a national bus driver shortage.
Chicagoans are no strangers to inequality, uncertainty, and volatility within our public school system. We also know through past victories that systemic change occurs at the grassroots level. Crossroads Fund lifts up 40 Years Rooted in Radical Education Justice. Examples include groups like: Fighting Youth Shouting Out for Humanity (FYSH), a youth council that worked on a “Decolonize CPS” campaign to create and implement high school curriculum that better represents the lived experiences of youth of color. The Coalition to Revitalize Walter H. Dyett High School, a group of parents, teachers, educators, and community residents that organized a 34-day hunger strike that successfully pressured CPS to reopen the doors of Dyett.
Education Justice Grantees also include:
Parents 4 Teachers: an all-volunteer organization that brings together parents and teachers to fight for quality schools by organizing against underlying causes of inequality, i.e. institutional racism, social and economic inequity, and corporate privatization of public resources.
Raise Your Hand: a coalition of parents and concerned citizens advocating for quality public education for Chicago’s children. They provide information on education policies, promote civic engagement, conduct research and create public spaces where parents, teachers and the community work together.
At Crossroads Fund we pool resources to sustain movement work for the long haul. Crossroads Fund is committed to funding education movements for racial, social, and economic justice in Chicago. Will you join us by making a one-time gift or a gift over time?