Guide to Talking About High-Quality Education

In 2013, RYH parents embarked on an ambitious research project studying what education experts say is important for schools and school systems to be successful. In 2014, we summarized our findings in a handy parent guide, A Guide to Talking About High-Quality Education: What do all kids need for strong schools? When the guide was released, we hosted a Saturday morning event where Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland, addressed parents, teachers and community members in Chicago. Continue reading

Tax Credit Scholarships: What you need to know

A proposal to start a tax credit scholarship program is on the table in negotiations to resolve the school funding crisis in the wake of Governor Rauner's amendatory veto. Here's what you need to know about tax credit scholarships. Continue reading

Testing update 2017

State and district testing are still in flux, two years after Illniois began using PARCC. Although CPS has not revealed much about its plans, we've put together our research into a list of questions about the present and future state of standardized testing in CPS and Illinois. Continue reading

State education funding in Illinois

Illinois is not a poor state We have the 5th highest gross state product in the nation. How can a state with this much wealth be last in what we contribute to education funding? Continue reading

Facts about school vouchers

The pro-voucher position believes that schools should compete for students or risk going out of business. This may work for markets, but it has no place in education as those that support it do not factor in that it is highly disruptive to formative education to regularly switch (choose) a new school. Continue reading

RYH new Infographic on Subpar Clinician Positions at CPS

Click here to download the infographic as a PDF

Handouts from our Special Education Forum, October 25, 2016

Thank you to our volunteer parents who planned our wonderful forum and who prepared these excellent handouts and advocacy tools! Thanks, too, to all of the parents, teachers, and principals who joined us tonight. We will post a link to this page in our Special Education Toolkit for Parents which you can find here. We were live tweeting as were a few others. See the Storify of the event here. Continue reading

Comments on CPS Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2016-17 and CPS Draft 10 Year Master Facilities Plan Update

Remarks as prepared for the October 21, 2016 Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) general meeting and school actions committee meeting, presented by Jennie Biggs on behalf of Raise Your Hand. Comments on CPS Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2016-17 Continue reading

Steep enrollment drops at receiving schools since 2013 mass school closings

In 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 49 elementary schools and reassign their students to receiving schools. Despite reported capital investment in receiving schools, enrollment dropped at a much steeper rate at these schools than other elementary schools. Continue reading

RYH Comments on Draft Illinois ESSA Plan

Chris Ball, CPS Parent and Raise Your Hand board member, and Cassie Creswell, Raise Your Hand Action Co-Director and board member, collaborated and submitted these comments on the Draft Illinois ESSA Plan. We are very grateful for their work. The comments are below. To view the statement with references, please go here. Continue reading