On behalf of Jones College Prep and all Chicago Public Schools: Sustain African and Latin-American Literature as accredited English classes
  • Petitioned Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
David Vitale, President, Chicago Board of Education

On behalf of Jones College Prep and all Chicago Public Schools: Sustain African and Latin-American Literature as accredited English classes

    1. Petition by

      ShaDe' Phoenix

      Chicago, IL

We the undersigned support the effort to sustain African-American and Latin-American Literature courses as accredited courses to meet the basic 4-year English requirement outlined by the State of Illinois' Department of Education and Chicago Public Schools, as these courses encompass all the requirements for English III and English IV, as has been the case since 2008.

We believe that the study of African-American and Latin-American Literature is in no way of lesser academic value as the study of British Literature, which all Juniors will be defaulted to take for English III, and the European heavy curriculum of World Literature, which all Seniors will be defaulted to take beginning in the academic year of 2013-2014.

We believe that it is unjust to subject the students' interested in taking African-American and Latin-American Literature to be allowed to take it ONLY if they have "room" for an elective in their schedules.

We believe the African-American and Latin-American Literature courses of Jones College Preparatory High School should be applauded and replicated for their continued positive impact on Jones' alums at the post secondary level; these courses should NOT be belittled and undervalued within the Jones' community, the Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois.

To:
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
David Vitale, President, Chicago Board of Education
Sustain African and Latin-American Literature as accredited English classes

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      ShaDe' Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      African-american and Latino-american literature classes have been credited at William Jones College Prep but not across all Chicago Public Schools. This means the fight is not over, African-american and Latino-american Literature classes should be recognized just as Ap Lit., Ap Lang.,Word Literature and British Literature are (across the board).

    2. Reached 750 signatures
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      ShaDe' Phoenix
      Petition Organizer

      430 signatures at school in 2 days

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    • Cindy Esparza CHICAGO, IL
      • 6 months ago

      Alum

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    • Jazmyn Jefferson DOLTON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Culturally Relevant Pedagogy is important for the growth and development of an autonomous and intelligent community.

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    • Mary Young CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Educating our "future leaders" on the importance of living in a global society contradicts the philosophy of your mission regarding public education.

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    • TRACY GREEN BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Why is this important to you? Saving our heritage is paramount to me. Most of our heritage/history was never written about in US History books and other countries history books. We have a rich, productive, creative, proud history. We were Kings and Queens in our countries. Pass the knowledge on to our children and ALL generations in planet Earth. We msut preserve our history. We have added so much to world history throughout history, before Jesus Christ. Our history will outlast the pyramids.. We are strong people who have survived montrosities orchestrated and promoted by other races to destroy us. We are still standing, alive, progressive, and thriviing.

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    • TRACY GREEN BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Saving our heritage is paramount to me. Most of our heritage/history was never written about in US History books and other countries history books. We have a rich, creative, proud husotry. We were Kings and Queens in our countries. Pass the knowledge on to our children and ALL generations in planet Earth.

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