Noble Hosts Community Members, Local Organizations, & Elected Officials
First In A Series Of Public Education Policy Discussions Between Elected Officials And Constituents
CHICAGO, IL – This morning, elected officials and community representatives joined Noble parents and staff to discuss the state of public education on Chicago's West Side. During breakfast and coffee at Hope Cafe, parents spoke of the positive impact that a Noble education provides for their children and the thousands of current Noble students and alumni, while also emphasizing the need for equitable funding and resources for all high-performing public schools.
Officials from West Side community groups, representing a diverse set of community investment and social-emotional supports, shared the local impact of their organizations and the growth of deep partnerships with Noble campuses. Elected officials participated in small-group discussions regarding both local and legislative policy and publicly recognized all participants for their attendance and thoughtful discussion.
Elected officials attending this morning included:
U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, 7th Congressional District - Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, 5th District-Illinois State Representative La Shawn Ford, 8th District -Chicago Alderman Michael Scott, 24th Ward
Mark Dietzen, Office of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
In his remarks, Alderman Scott spoke of the need to support every high-performing public school on the West Side, including charter schools. He emphasized the inspiring impact of college focus at DRW College Prep, a Noble campus in the 24th Ward, stating that "when [students] walk in, from their first day, they understand that this is the first stop, and not the last stop, on their educational journey."
Representatives from various community groups joined the small group discussions, bringing diverse perspectives on local issues large and small, including the need for all families on the West Side to have the choice of a high-quality public education. Joining the event this morning were representatives from:
Foundation for Homan Square-Chicago History Museum-Step Up Women's Mentorship-Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
"We're grateful to have the support of a growing list of community organizations and elected officials as we all work tirelessly to support the dreams of thousands of families across Chicago," said Constance Jones-Brewer, Noble's Chief External Affairs Officer. "Noble students and their parents are our inspiration. Thank you to everyone who came this morning to join the discussion, and we look forward to many more events like this to come."