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Katherine Gladson

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Katherine Gladson

Katherine Gladson

Name of Host Organization: LAF
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Children/Youth, Education
Sponsors: Albert & Anne Mansfield Family Foundation

The Project

Katherine protected the educational rights of low-income students impacted by school closings and other district restructuring in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) through direct representation and community education.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
School closings and other forms of district restructuring destabilize communities and directly impact the educational experiences of affected students. More specifically, closings and other school actions lead to increased student mobility and create a significant risk that services for students with special needs will be disrupted, delayed, or discontinued. Overall, CPS’s restructuring has consistently impacted students that are already among the city’s most academically vulnerable and economically disadvantaged. Katherine’s project aimed to ensure that the educational rights and opportunities of impacted students were protected and that students were able to transition safely and productively into new learning environments.