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.Read more
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.Read more
There were many great speakers at the January unelected BOE meeting. We are posting three statements below.
Raise Your Hand Board Member and CPS Parent Jennie Biggs handed in the attached document which includes comments made by people who signed our Cancel $60M "Obama Prep" Selective Enrollment High School petition. Since the Aramark food service contract was up for renewal, she also handed in a packet which included CPS high school students questioning the quality of the food they are served.Read more
RYH has been in strong opposition to charter proliferation during broke times and declining enrollment, but we are also against closing existing charters using a flawed metric. We submitted this letter to the Board of Ed via the Principal of Amandla on 11/13/15.
Dear CPS Board of Education,
Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education is submitting this letter of support for Amandla charter school, as we are opposed to the narrow metric CPS is using to close four charter schools this year with the new Charter Accountability Policy that was announced recently.Read more
Testimony given to Board of Education 7/23/14 by Jennie Biggs, RYH Board Member, CPS parent of 3
Infographic on school expansion (attached) showing CPS opened 21,281 new seats over past 3 years shared with BOERead more
View an interactive map of where charter schools opened last year in Chicago, and the negative impact it had on neighborhood high schools here.
We have a lot of concerns about the process used to select new members of the Board of Education. Mayor Emanuel, on his recent election, pledged to be a listener, a collaborator with the community. What happened to that promise? There has been no explanation of who these new CPS Board members are, why they were chosen, and what specific education expertise they would bring to the table.Read more
7 parents testified this month about the need for CPS to invest in district run schools. CPS just recieved proposals to open another 9 charters with 32 campuses. Jennie Biggs of RYH shared our infographic showing there are over 12k empty seats in existing charter schools. Given the budget crisis and enrollment decline at our district, we find it financially irresponsible to keep opening more schools.Read more
Pending Vote for Opening 31 New Charters Likely to Have Devastating Impact on Many Chicago Public SchoolsRead more