Every year since 1982, an event known as Banned Books Week has brought attention to literary works frequently challenged by parents, schools, and libraries. The books in question sometimes feature scenes of violence or offensive language; sometimes they’re opposed for religious reasons (as in the case of bothHarry Potter and the Bible). But one unfortunate outcome is that 52 percent of the books challenged or banned in the last 10 years feature so-called “diverse content”—that is, they explore issues such as race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental illness, and disability. As a result, the organizers of Banned Books Week, which started Sunday, chose the theme “Celebrating Diversity” for 2016. The Atlantic
Like so may others, we find ourselves enraptured by our brothers and sisters in North Dakota–the Water Protectors. Their struggle to save sacred lands to so-called economic progress is one we can relate to in Chicago. Every day our families are displaced from the neighborhoods we have made our home. The struggle in North Dakota is our own struggle and it’s been waging for five hundred years.
This July a group of seventeen youth leaders with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association started a journey to fight the erasure of displacement by documenting their families’ migrations from Latin America to Chicago. https://fundly.com/lsna-youth-visit-to-standing-rock
— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) October 2, 2016
Some outraged Chicago Public Schools parents of elementary school children want to know how the Noble Network of Charter Schools school got their kids’ names, current schools and home addresses to mail out recruitment postcards.
Not only do they worry their children’s privacy may have been breached. They also are concerned that the charter school is swooping in at an unstable time to poach kids away from CPS to keep its own attendance numbers up.
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“There’s a potential strike,” said Coonley parent Jeff Jenkins, incensed that his 11-year-old son received a glossy mailer on Monday inviting him to enroll at a Noble school this fall. “Parents are frustrated and scared.”
In an email message to Coonley parents on Friday, school officials said the CPS inspector general was investigating the matter.
The arrival of the postcards, which may once have been viewed as junk mail, highlights a current reality in Chicago’s public schools, which were shown in a recent preliminary count to have lost 13,000 children since a year ago. The competition for remaining students in a district that puts a price tag on each one has become ferocious, as both the budgeted amount per student and the total number of kids have declined.
“It’s really troubling,” Jenkins said. Coonley students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades received the cards — which they hadn’t requested.
Parents from a number of other elementary schools — Disney II, Saucedo and Murphy — also reported on Facebook that their kids got cards this week. They, too, were upset about what they perceived as a breach of their children’s private information — and suspicious about who provided it. Lauren FitzPatrick