In organizing Sunday’s upcoming public forum, “Critically Thinking About Chicago Public Schools,” Lisa Tacke-Pucylowski had one goal in mind: “I’d like [people] to walk away having at least heard a different side, perspectives that have not been told as actively in the news.”
The struggle over implementing a longer school day has dominated Chicago’s mainstream news cycle for nearly a year, distilling the complex issue of education reform into a sound bite. “If you really want to be informed, you have to dig,” said Tacke-Pucylowski, who teaches Italian at Lane Tech.
Her idea was to give parents, teachers, students and members of the community a platform to discuss various opportunities for reform, to exchange information, and to ask and answer questions. Among those scheduled to appear during a panel presentation, which will precede a Q&A session: Sonia Kwon, Raise Your Hand; Wanda Hopkins, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE); Kate Brandt, Six Point Five to Thrive; Victor Alquieira, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE); and representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union. Members of the school board have been invited, as has Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th).
The forum is scheduled for May 20, 5-7 p.m., Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson Ave.