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9/17/2015


Neighborhood School Advocacy Council


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September 17, 2015

Contact: Colleen Smith colleen@repannwilliams.com or 773-880-9082







Rep. Ann Williams Forms Neighborhood School Advocacy Council

Community group to provide guidance on CPS challenges







CHICAGO – Working with local parents and community members, Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) has created a Neighborhood School Advocacy Council to provide perspective on education issues and, in particular, the many challenges facing Chicago Public Schools.



“Our community is centered around the strength and support of our neighborhood schools,” said Williams. “The parents, community members and school officials I interact with every day have been invaluable in illustrating the importance of keeping our schools strong and the broader impact the success of our schools has on the community at large.”



“I hope that by expanding this outreach, we can further collaborate and ensure that families have a real voice on education issues,” Williams said.



The group will be comprised of people who serve on local school councils (LSCs) as well as others committed to public education. Ensuring our neighborhood schools remain strong and vibrant has always been a priority for Williams, and has come into sharp focus following the latest round of budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty surrounding the CPS budget.



“As a proud parent of an Audubon student, I believe in sending my son to a public school here in our neighborhood. However, the uncertainty surrounding CPS is alarming and I often feel our voices are ignored,” said Karen Lee of Roscoe Village. “Ann is giving northside parents the opportunity to gather and discuss openly the thoughts, concerns and issues that we as parents are dealing with every day. With her help, parents will now have an avenue to communicate not only with CPS, but the City and Springfield as well.”



The Neighborhood School Advocacy Council’s first meeting is tonight, and Williams hopes the dialogue and discussion will continue in the coming months.



“Now is a critical time for the future of public education in Illinois,” Williams said. “It’s imperative that our communities are involved in shaping that future.”



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