Saadia Siddique

As a proud parent of a fifth-grader and second-grader at South Loop Elementary school, I have been involved in many activities at the school including being co-chair of the 2017 Fall Fundraiser, Family Involvement Group (FIG), CPS Steering Committee appointed by Principal Shelton, past room parent, volunteering my time to such events as Around the World, class-room chaperoning, fundraising, and co-chairing the school tours committee at the Branch building for the past 2 years. I’d like to expand my involvement by running for the Local School Council parent position and address issues of continuing our academic excellence, bridging the “achievement gap”, and providing a school community that is inclusive and equitable as we merge with National Teachers Academy (NTA). Also, making it easier for parents to get involved in all the great events we have at school. I believe it’s important that parents fight for our kids to maintain a strong public school education that includes not only a strong academic school curriculum that is challenging and rewarding, but promoting an environment that is safe, inspiring, and embraces the diversity we already have in our great school.
I am an immigration attorney by profession who presently runs her own successful practice in Chicago and Indiana. I have been practicing law for over 15 years and I know what it’s like to be up against bureaucratic hurdles and having to navigate politically-charged situations on an almost daily basis. I’m actively involved at political events throughout the city and nationally, and I’d like to bring my knowledge and experience to the LSC so that we can continue to provide our kids with the best possible education in the safest environment. I believe embracing our diversity, keeping our kids and teachers at the forefront, listening to their needs, and promoting a public school education are the ways to continue to make South Loop a great school model for our community and all of Chicago.