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CPS NEEDS OUR HELP
“We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Achievement Taskforce to work in concert with the district to support our children’s academic growth—increasing graduation, college, and career success rates,” writes Chicago parent Natasha Dunn.”
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the achievement gap between Black and white students is currently 36 percentage points with a 10-point gap between Latinx and Black students.
We are very concerned about the quality of education provided to Black children in Chicago Public Schools and the safety of our families. Before the start of the pandemic, schools in African American neighborhoods struggled with maintenance, cleaning, and staffing shortages. The launch of virtual learning was a catastrophic failure leaving many students behind and without the support needed to catch up and close the gaps that persisted before the pandemic.
Public school buildings are a vital asset to our community that should serve as a hub for learning and a refuge for our most vulnerable population. To create racial equity, we must close the achievement gap and provide every opportunity for Black children to thrive. We want to ensure that schools are not just fully staffed, but staffed with adults that understand the cultural needs of Black children and are vested in their academic success. We also need Local School Councils to have the tools and financial resources necessary to govern safely through this pandemic.
Education Meets Economics
“The black community in Chicago has been in a pandemic before the pandemic even started”
Brian Mullins | Chicago Community Activist
Black Chicagoans have experienced an epidemic of unemployment and violence most notably in the last three decades. Research continues to show us that education outcomes such as graduation rates, math and literacy grade level performance & school discipline data have a direct influence on the community’s financial viability. Our focus is to bring forth solutions that create a holistic approach to acknowledging disparaging data points while taking facilitative action to spur change. Here are economic data findings that illustrate the realities of black financial well being and the impact on the community.
Workers classified as White make up 78.2 of the workforce in Illinois while the Black workforce is 13.1 percent.
Compared to Whites in Illinois, the Black unemployment rate is 3xs higher.
In 2020, 79% of homicides/shooting victims in the City of Chicago were Black people
Over 200,000 black people in Illinois are without jobs.
These findings were researched and published by the Illinois Future of Work Taskforce
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Natasha has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling.
Tanesha is the Founder of The Roots Initiative, a Surge Institute alumni and member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoc). As a strategist and injustice interruptor, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for the dismantling, reimagining and rebuilding of systems that have historically and presently harm marginalized communities. Her passion for people and relentless pursuit of equality, justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and advocacy of those that are often ignored, specifically in public education.
Tanesha's work has been featured in Blavity, Ebony Magazine, The Black Wall Street Times and Chalkbeat and she’s appeared on a number of news platforms, educational panels and podcasts. She’s been recognized as a “Mover and Shaker '' with Black Minds Matter, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, proud Chicagoan and DJ.
Tanesha wholeheartedly believes that education is one of the most important foundations for success. Her grand vision is one where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or zip code—can have access to a comfortable quality of life and enjoy the freedoms and liberties promised to all Americans. And that’s what she works towards every day.