Parent activism over remote schooling highlights inequities in the Chicago area

Evanston Township High School
A sign outside of Evanston Township High School. Many Evanston parents have been pushing district officials to resume in-person classes. (Christopher Vazquez/MEDILL)

Christopher Vazquez

Medill Reports
Parents and medical professionals are sounding the alarm on mental health concerns for children and teenagers during the pandemic. This has led some, like Evanston pediatrician and mother Dr. Valerie Kimball, to advocate for resuming in-person learning. Meanwhile, others like Chicago activist and father Joseph Williams are calling for greater resources for remote learning. But in Evanston’s majority-white school districts, the pandemic hasn’t taken the same toll as it has on Chicago’s communities of color, and resources for safely resuming in-person learning outweigh those in public schools on Chicago’s South and West sides.

Christopher Vazquez is a video reporter at Medill. You can follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisVazquez.