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Name:  Janice Metzger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1950


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Janice Metzger resided in Chicago almost all of her adult life, over 30 of those years in Wicker Park where she remained involved until the end with various neighborhood organizations and issues.

Biographical and Professional Information

When her three sons, were growing up, Janice Metzger immersed herself in community issues, particularly public school issues. She held a number of voluntary positions with parent-school organizations and was appointed to the Desegregation Monitoring Commission. In 1987, following a forty day teachers' strike, Mayor Harold Washington named Metzger one of four co-chairs of the Parent Community Council of his Education Summit. Although Mayor Washington died shortly after naming the council, the summit went on to propose sweeping reforms of the system, and to win most of the legislative changes needed to enact the reforms. During this period she was also on the board of Association House of Chicago, and was vice president of the first editorial board of Catalyst, an education reform journal published by the Community Renewal Society.From 1995 to 2009, Metzger worked for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a public policy and advocacy organization located in Wicker Park.

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