Generation All statement at the July 2018 CPS Board of Education meeting

Statement to the Chicago Board of Education, July 25, 2018 Good afternoon. My name is Beatriz Ponce de Leon. I’m the executive director of Generation All. We work to expand equity in education by supporting, investing in and advocating for neighborhood public high schools and their students. Imagine that you’ve been in an accident. You’re injured so you make your way to the emergency room. The room is filled with people with a variety of injuries, from minor to life…

By
GenAll Intern Reflection: High School Choice isn’t Really a Choice

I grew up in Thornton, Colorado, a northern suburb of Denver. It’s a town with boundaries that straddle the boundary line between the cookie-cutter suburbs and the large swaths of prairie farmlands that make up most of the northern half of the state. Colorado has made some questionable policy decisions when it comes to education, and I feel that my experience is an example of many of the pitfalls of school choice as a public education policy decision. My high…

By
Generation All’s Public Comments on the 2017-2018 Draft School Actions Guidelines

Generation All works to unite Chicagoans in revitalizing neighborhood public high schools so all students experience high-quality learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom with the support of the wider community. In this vein, we are submitting feedback on the 2017-2018 draft guidelines for school actions. In April 2016, the Generation All steering committee released its action plan, Strong Neighborhood High Schools for a Stronger Chicago, in which we call for a citywide, neighborhood-informed plan for all high school…

By
We Are the 100’s Project Recap

As audience members settled into their seats in the auditorium at Harlan High School on Friday August 11th, noises and teenagers bounced around the room. Students darted up the stage’s steps and slid behind the curtains while set pieces were rolled across the stage. The short performance incorporated everything from straight acting and spoken word poetry, to singing, dancing, and rapping. The first act began with students waiting at a bus stop and ended with a violent shooting. Next, the set…

By
12310