Parents and Community Must Be Involved to Successfully Educate Black Students in Chicago Public Schools
(Chicago) - Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, and one hundred Black parents presented a plan to the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. They asked Rufus Williams, board president, to join them in an effort to successfully educate Black children, as well as all children. Williams agreed to work with Black parents to fix this problem. In 2003, less than 30% of Black 11th-grade students passed the Prairie State Achievement Exam in reading. Five years later in 2007, that number dropped to 27%. That means one out of four Black Chicago public school students cannot read at grade level as they prepare to graduate from high school.