The Fight for Dyett: The Fight for Equity and Excellence in Education

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 -
8:30am to 10:30am CST
Woods Fund of Chicago
35 E. Wacker, Suite 1760
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On August 17, about a dozen concerned parents and residents from the Kenwood-Oakland community began a hunger strike, in an effort to have Walter H. Dyett High School re-opened as a district-operated neighborhood school with a focus on “global leadership and green technology.” In early September, 18 days into the strike, CPS announced plans to re-open Dyett as an arts-focused school.

However, the strikers said they were not involved in the development of that new plan, and they continued the strike until September 20. The 34-day “Fight for Dyett” hunger strike drew national attention as an illustration of the drastic steps parents and residents take to save neighborhood schools. It also raised questions about market-driven approaches to education reform.

Join grantmaker colleagues for a conversation about the current local and national landscape of education reform, the importance of neighborhood level school planning, the role parents and community residents play in education reform efforts, and reflections and lessons learned from the “Fight for Dyett” hunger strike.

Leading us in this conversation will be Jitu Brown, Journey for Justice Alliance; Pauline Lipman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sarah Karp, Better Government Association; and Anna Jones, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization.

This program is co-hosted by Cricket Island Foundation, Crossroads Fund, Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Wieboldt Foundation, and Woods Fund Chicago; in partnership with the Systems Change in Education working group of Forefront’s Education Group.