Education Justice

We organize with parents, youth, teachers and community to address educational challenges and inequalities that negatively impact low income communities of color.  Please click here to view our Education Justice principles and platform.

Benito Juarez Academy Local School Council Special Meeting to address Student Safety Cancelled by Principal Juan Carlos Ocon.

Four  Local School Council members at Benito Juarez Academy courageously called for a Special meeting to address ongoing allegations of sexual assault at our school in addition to school safety and a hostile working environment at Benito Juarez Academy.

From the get-go, the administration of the school tried to confuse parents, teachers and community with an agenda that stated meeting would be virtual, when in reality the LSC meetings are in person.

Furthermore, Principal Ocon decided to cancel the LSC meeting with 2 hours notification after the agenda had been posted 48 hours as per the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

The cowardly actions of the principal, who has already cost Chicago taxpayers thousands of dollars in settlement lawsuits cannot be left protected and defended by the Chicago Public Schools.

Enough is enough!

We are demanding accountability of Principal Ocon, and his superiors at Chicago Public Schools!

Please view the Pilsen Alliance facebook livestream video to hear from current LSC members who are demanding an accountability process to ensure Benito Juarez is safe for all students, teachers and staff.

At the next LSC meeting October 20, 2021 at 5:30pm we will invite parents, students and community to come to ask their questions and demand answers from our school leaders!

Our School, Our Students, Our Future!

Join us Sep. 27 for a Listening Project on Education Justice in the City of Chicago!

Education Justice Listening Project

Monday, September 27, 2021  5:00pm-7:00pm

Join parents, youth and community education advocates throughout the city as we work towards a common vision for education justice in Chicago!

(Outdoors gathering) Walter Dyett High School 555 E. 51st Street. Chicago, IL

New CEO of Chicago Public Schools Pedro Martinez brings neo-liberal agenda and political baggage to CPS.

September 15, 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her newly appointed CEO of Chicago Public Schools Pedro Martinez visited Benito Juarez Academy despite virtually no parents or community members in attendance.  We decided that bringing parents from CPS schools who are genuinely concerned about the reopening of our schools, where reported covid cases and exposure have already occurred within the first few weeks of school.

We were met with Chicago Police Department and Mayor Press Staff pushing community members away from the press conference.  Watch twitter video of the confrontation here. This is level of disrespect to our community that we will continue to endure under a Mayor controlled school board, and local administrators who play politics with children’s health and education!

Stay involved with Pilsen Alliance to learn more how we can make change for our schools! Si se puede!

Our Fight for Fully Elected School Board at Chicago Public Schools

emergency meeting regarding elected school board bill

The recently passed and signed concession bill on Elected School Board will allow for a 21 member school board beginning in 2024. 10 members will be elected by the community, 10 will be appointed by the Mayor including the president of the board of education. 

A fully elected school board will not take effect until 2027, essentially creating a path for 6 more years of Mayoral control.  Although this bill is not what parents, youth, and community have been pushing for for over a decade; we will continue to organize and keep putting the pressure on our elected officials for a fully elected school board at Chicago Public Schools.  Read our joint statement here

Our next steps are to continue to fight for a FULLY elected school board that includes participation for all non-citizens.  Keep an eye out for upcoming meetings and activities in August!