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
Early voting has started for the February election! Voters in 37 wards will have the chance to weigh in on whether Chicago should have an elected school board. If you live in one of the following wards, you will be able to vote on this: Wards 1, 3-8, 10, 12, 14-17, 19-22, 24-37, 40, 45-47, 49, 50.Read more
My name is Victoria Benson LSC Chair from Portage Park Elementary
Our School will be taking over a $700,000 budget cut this year and we will be losing seven teaching positions.Read more
We are alarmed but not surprised about the announcement today that CPS will be making $200M in cuts that will in part impact operations at the school level. This crisis has been years in the making, and while we could spend hours detailing all the terrible decisions that have been made along the way to get to this point, now is the time to push for sustainable solutions so that all parties – the state, city and CPS-can adequately address this situation and put our school district on a path towards health and not further austerity.Read more
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
Testimony from Roberta Salas, LSC Chair for Murphy ElementaryRead 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
On September 16, Raise Your Hand sent out a survey on custodians and school cleanliness after hearing so many complaints from CPS parents. 162 people at 60 schools took the survey.Read more