State budget deadline is this Thursday- let’s keep pushing for fair funding for CPS and for a budget for IL families!

IL families cannot wait to go another year without a state budget and CPS students will not be able to thrive without fair education funding from the state! Continue reading

Help us Raise More Hands this Summer

Dear Raise Your Hand Advocate: As you are probably aware, the outlook for education funding in Illinois is dire. With no official state budget in over a year, a massive deficit at CPS, and no real solutions being provided by the city or state, our schools stand to face massive cuts. Continue reading

Year-End Budget Actions - Save our Schools!

There's a lot going on as we come to the end of the school year. Please consider attending one or more of the below and use your parent voice! Continue reading

Solutions to CPS Budget Crisis

CPS has a serious deficit but there ​are solutions. There should be no talk ​of bankrupt​cy​ or a School Finance Authority​,​ which would likely make ​severe cuts and raise class sizes, as ​one​ did in the ​19​80s. Continue reading

Events This Week!

There are a few events happening in the next few days in different parts of the city. Here's a list: Continue reading

CPS Stakeholders Respond to Gov Rauner's 'Crumbling Prisons' Remark

The below was emailed today to those who signed up for our weekly email blasts: Continue reading

Take Action Tuesday - 5/31/16

Dear Parents, We need parents to take action Tuesday, May 31. Please visit your state legislators’ offices to push for revenue solutions to fund an education budget. Here are short answers to frequent questions: Continue reading

Weekly Education Update: 5/26/16 Edition

If you like what you see and what we do, please sign up for weekly emails here: http://ilraiseyourhand.org/join-our-email-list. Continue reading

Budget Crisis 2016: Town Hall Budget Meetings Hosted by CPS

By crowd sourcing on social media, our parent members have helped us compile a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings hosted by CPS. As of 10:30pm on Thursday, May 19, we here at Raise Your Hand could not locate a list on the CPS website (or find any of these meetings listed in their calendar located on their website) nor could we find a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings on any CPS social media. We will try to update as we receive information. Your best bet to find this information is via your school. Continue reading