Another Unelected BOE Meeting: Our Statements, September 2016

Another month, another unelected Board of Education meeting. Here's what we had to say. Jennie Biggs, CPS Parent and RYH Board Member, spoke on behalf of RYH. Here is her statement: Many LSC members are reporting tears at their meetings this week because they don’t know how their schools will run: You cut $179M from district run schools this summer. Continue reading

Raise Your Hand is Growing- Meet our new sister org, RYH Action!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a sister org, RYH Action (501c4), which will be able to do advocacy without limitations, and work on legislation to protect our vital institutions of public education. RYH felt strongly that now more than ever we needed a separate organization to engage in the political process to protect our schools. Check out our website:http://www.raiseyourhandaction.org/ Continue reading

ISBE Listening Tour on ESSA

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is doing more listening tour dates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which will replace Race to the Top which replaced No Child Left Behind.Find out more about ESSA here: http://www.ed.gov/essaISBE listening tour dates, locations & times here:http://www.isbe.net/essa/pdf/ESSA-tour2-schedule-0916.pdf Continue reading

CPS School Budgets Still A Concern- Here's an infographic to learn more!

We are thrilled to announce a new 501c4 organization to advocate for better education policy at the city and state level: Raise Your Hand Action! RYH Action will build on the six plus years of education, research and outreach work accomplished by IL Raise Your Hand. Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 9/2/16

Hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer break. Lots of parents have been asking us if there is going to be a strike this fall. Nobody has a definitive answer to this right now. The process is that the teachers will vote for another strike authorization next week and if they choose to strike, there will be a ten-day window in which the CPS and CTU can work to resolve things. The timing is uncertain but we know that there won’t be a strike in the next few weeks due to this timeline. RYH hopes that the CPS and CTU can work to come up with a contract that is amenable to the teachers. The uncertainty makes things difficult for all of us, but we understand that conditions in the schools have become very tough with all of our schools being asked to do more with so much less. Teachers, students, and families face a very challenging learning situation. While CPS and CTU seek a resolution, Raise Your Hand will continue to fight for revenue at the state and city level so that all Chicago’s children have what they deserve to thrive. Continue reading

CPS cuts 508 teachers 521 support staff after claiming "no cuts to classroom"

Unfortunately, 345 schools lost a position this week and 148 schools lost 3 or more positions. Neighborhood high schools were hit especially hard again losing a net 8% of their budgets following three years of losing between 10-12% of their budgets. This is not only due to people leaving the city but due to the district opening so many new schools in areas of declining enrollment over the past 4 years, diluting resources greatly. Continue reading

RYH Statements at CPS FY17 Budget Hearings

Budget hearings were sparsely attended this year, with the operating budget hearings held downtown during daytime hours instead of in the community in the evening, as done in past years. Continue reading

Access Living Releases Analysis of the CPS FY17 Budget

Access Living published their annual review of the CPS Budget analyzing the impact of the CPS Budget on special education and students with disabilities, and makes a series of recommendations. Continue reading

CPS Budget Hearings This Week

There are a number of CPS budget hearings this week with capital budget hearings at 3 schools Wednesday evening and operating budget hearings at CPS headquarters on Friday during the day. The operating budget hearings have been in the community after work hours in the past but this year, the Sun-Times reports that "CPS defended the Friday daytime budget hearings, saying that they accommodate the schedules and availability of board members “to ensure a robust community input ahead of the Board vote later this month.” Continue reading

Statement on FY2017 CPS Budget

Despite CPS claiming that they have made no cuts to the classroom, district schools have been cut by $179 million. The FY2017 budget adds to the pain that chronic underfunding of Chicago’s school system has inflicted. The need for long-term sustainable revenue to fund Chicago and all public schools in Illinois equitably and adequately is more acute than ever. Continue reading