What we Know

“We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Achievement Task force to work in concert with the district to support our children’s academic growth."
—Natasha Dunn

the numbers

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.

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Only 50% of Black parents felt their students’ academic needs were met.
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Between 2000-2022 the black student population has decreased more than 104,000.

“The Black community in Chicago has been in a pandemic before the pandemic even started."
—Brian Mullins

The economics of education

studies show that education has a direct influence on a community's financial viability.

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. 

Over 200k Black people in Illinois are without jobs.

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


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