The Weekly Ed Update- 4.21.17

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RYH statement calling for reinstatement of Saucedo teacher Sarah Chambers

Raise Your Hand stands in solidarity with Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers.  In a transparently political and retaliatory move, CPS has unjustly suspended Sarah and is seeking her permanent dismissal. Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 4.7.17

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Executive director Wendy Katten announces her departure

Wendy Katten announced this week that she would be stepping down as Raise Your Hand's executive director. Her farewell message is after the jump. Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 3.31.17

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Parents ask city to take action to avert early end to school year

Raise Your Hand joined parents from across the city and several aldermen for a Wednesday press conference to once again present local revenue proposals to ensure school stays open past June 1st, in the absence of our paralyzed state coming up with funding for CPS. Mary Hughes, CPS parent and Raise Your Hand board member spoke at the press conference. Her statement is after the jump: Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 3.24.17

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The Weekly Ed Update- 3.17.17

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New York Times Column Exaggerates Mayor's Record

David Leonhardt's Sunday New York Times column credulously praised Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education record, seemingly based exclusively on data provided by Mayor Emanuel in October in emails FOIAed by the Better Government Association. But the mayor's record is more mixed than Leonhardt concedes.  There have been academic gains, but they have been marked by racial and economic inequality. In Chicago, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban School District (TUDA) data shows that  achievement gaps between white students and both black and Hispanic ones and between those qualifying and not qualifying for free school lunches have expanded substantially under the Emanuel mayorship. The gaps grew by double-digits while scores for blacks, Hispanics, and free-lunch eligible students grew by single digits or not all between 2011 and 2015. NAEP measures math and reading in 4th and 8th grade. In 8th grade reading, there was no statistically significant gain in scores for black, Hispanic, or free-lunch eligible students and none for 4th grade Hispanics. For math, black students had no statistically significant gains in either grade. In other words, math and reading scores increases were driven primarily by gains from white students and students with higher family incomes.  Continue reading

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