RYH in the news

Below you will find links to articles, videos and radio broadcasts in which Raise Your Hand was mentioned.

Chicago Has 11,000 Fewer Public School Students

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Fri, 10/21/2016

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The parent group Raise Your Hand took a closer look at a group of roughly 50 schools that were designated to accept students from schools that closed in 2013. They found even steeper enrollment loss than the rest of the district.

“Receiving school enrollment dropped by 8.1 percent, while other elementary schools dropped by 2.8 percent,” said Jennie Biggs, a mother who belongs to Raise Your Hand.

Biggs spoke at a meeting of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Friday. She said she doesn’t know exactly why the designated receiving schools lost so many students.

CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION SETS STRIKE DATE FOR OCTOBER 11

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Wed, 09/28/2016

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"We feel like teachers should be given a fair contract. We know, a parents, that a teacher's teaching conditions are our children's learning conditions, and a parents we also know how much budgets have been cut, and it's really rough in our schools right now," said Jennie Biggs of Raise Your Hand.

Bridgeport Area School Enrollment Figures Released

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Wed, 09/28/2016

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"The McClellan community really rallied when the school was on the initial school closings list," said Jennie Biggs, a Bridgeport parent and board member of education-advocacy organization Raise Your Hand.

Chicago Schools Hike Student Fees As Budget Cuts Continue

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Fri, 09/02/2016

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Student fees began rising in 2013 when CPS moved to a budgeting system that earmarks money for schools based on the number of students, rather than the number of teaching positions, according to a survey by parent-advocacy group Raise Your Hand.

Schools' growing reliance on fees has widened the gap between schools in wealthier areas, like the Far Northwest Side, and lower-income areas of the city, according to the group, which advocates for additional funding from both the state and city for Chicago schools.

School staffing doesn’t always match CPS enrollment

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Sat, 08/27/2016

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Members of the parent group Raise Your Hand noticed some of the discrepancies, saying the budgeting process makes it hard for parents and teachers to easily understand what’s happening.

Wells High School, for example, is slated to lose just 31 students from its population of 461. Yet 10 teachers — of 43 at the end of last year — were laid off.

“It’s unclear what’s going on in some of these situations,” director Wendy Katten said. “It does not make sense.”

Speakers Question TIF Dollars, Special Ed Funding at CPS Budget Hearings

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Fri, 08/19/2016

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Among the changes in this year’s budget: Funds for general and special education classes are now commingled into a single allocation, which some teachers say puts those programs at odds with each other when it comes to resources, funding and scheduling.

“This creates a lose-lose situation for principals who have to meet the needs of students with special needs by taking resources from the larger gen ed population,” said Mary Hughes, who serves on the board of directors for Raise Your Hand Illinois, during the early session Friday morning.

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