Welcome to the website of Chicago’s Grassroots Education Movement (GEM)! We are an alliance of parent, community, teacher organizations and unions. We are committed to defend and transform public education for racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice.

GEM believes that every child has a constitutional, civil, and human right to a high quality, equitably funded public education based on:

  • participatory democratic principles,
  • community empowerment,
  • a challenging comprehensive and enriched curriculum,
  • respect for cultural, racial/ethnic, sexual, and linguistic diversity, and
  • Universal Human Rights.