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/

The below is a part of our most recent email blast. Sign up to receive our emails:
http://ilraiseyourhand.org/join-our-email-list

Check out our new infographic!
We've been crunching numbers to provide info on the impact citywide to school budgets. Check it out and share with your friends who care about saving and strengthening public education in Chicago! There are printable flyers attached at this link:
http://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/content/cps-school-budgets-still-concern-...

City Council stalls on TIF surplus vote
The City Council held hearings last week on a TIF ordinance that would yield over $150M back to CPS but no vote was taken. Members of RYH joined other organizations to attend 3 hearings at City Council. Parents are using the infographic above to advocate for unallocated TIF dollars to go back to our schools.

DNAinfo https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160912/downtown/frustrated-cps-parents...

Mark Brown: Alderman back TIF reform- but not in their wards
Elected Representative School Board info
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/brown-aldermen-back-tif-reform-but-...

We are part of a city-wide coalition working to get an Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) for Chicago. We think that parents and community members should be able to vote for their school board. Chicago’s school board is appointed by the mayor. Chicago is the only school district in Illinois with an appointed board. The Illinois General Assembly must pass a law to change that.

In March of 2016, HB557, a bill that would establish a Elected Representative School Board for Chicago, passed in the IL House 110-4. It now needs to be voted on in the Senate. Senator Raoul is the main sponsor of the bill, in the Senate. The state legislature will be back in Springfield for a session in November, and we need to let our senators know that we want an elected representative school board for Chicago.
Stay tuned for Chicago hearings on this issue, coming up in October.

Have you visited our CPSuccess Tumblr site? Go check it out to see just a few of the amazing ways students & families are being welcomed back to our wonderful district run schools!
http://cpsuccess.tumblr.com/
See our CPSuccessCHI Twitter feed for even more #cpsuccess stories!
https://twitter.com/CPSuccessCHI

Upcoming Event
Our Teachers- How to Get Them, How to Keep Them
Thursday, September 23, 6:30pm, Kenwood Academy High School
https://www.ilhumanities.org/events/our-teachers-how-to-get-them-how-to-...

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