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Join us for a forum on ed tech and student data privacy on Oct 26th!
We’re excited to host our first forum of the school year on the use of ed tech in our schools, The Promise and Pitfalls of Ed Tech: What Parents Need to Know.What is high-quality ed tech versus skill-drill usage of tech products? What student data is being collected and who is it shared with? What can we do to protect our kid’s privacy? What does tech usage look like in high-quality education?
We have expert Rachael Stickland of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacycoming in from Colorado. She'll be joined by a CPS teacher at Coonley Elementary and former president of the Illinois Computing Educators, Nicole Zumpano; RYH board member Eric Reyes, who is a CPS parent and staff at YOUmedia; and more.
Join us at Haas Park on Thursday, October 26. We’ll be serving pizza at 6:30pm and the great panel will educate us and answer our questions from 7pm-8:30pm
Also, have you taken our ed tech survey yet? You can help us make this forum as relevant and useful as possible by letting us know what you know and what you want to know about ed tech!
School funding update & upcoming amended CPS budget hearings
CPS announced this week that they plan to revise their budget to include a $37M increase to charters that is due to the state funding bill that passed.
But, it’s important to note that state legislators are already saying they might not be able to appropriate the $350M in new funding to schools that is part of the new IL school funding bill.
Illinois News Network: Illinois Democrats’ bill could end new school scholarship plan.
It’s possible that CPS won’t get all of the funding promised for this year. What is the plan to rebuild and restore funding at schools that have been decimated across CPS? Springfield needs to come through with the funding they signed off on, and the city of Chicago should find local revenue to address massive shortfalls across the district.
Please consider attending and/or speaking at one of Tuesday's CPS amended budget hearings at CPS, 42 W. Madison:
Tuesday, October 10
10:30am Truth in Taxation Hearing; Registration: 9:00am - 10:00am
12:00 - 1:30 pm Amended Budget Hearing; Registration: 11:00am - 12:00pm
2:00 - 3:30 pm Amended Budget Hearing; Registration: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CPS released their Draft Guidelines for School Actions last Friday
CPS has released guidelines for their next round of school actions. You can find the Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2017-2018 School Year here. Public comment on these guidelines can be submitted via email to CEOGuidelines@cps.edu. The public comment period closes at 5:00pm on October 20.
It’s important to pay attention to these Draft Guidelines for School Actions. On December 1, 2017, CPS will announce any school actions they intend to take for the 2018-19 school year. We interpret the 5 year moratorium on school closures to end the day before the 2018-19 school year starts so we might be looking at a (long?) list of school actions on December 1, 2017. We at RYH are working on our own public comments on the Draft Guidelines and we are keeping our ears to the ground on this issue.
CPS floats the idea of closing four elementary schools in Austin
Note: CPS closed four elementary schools in Austin in 2013 and then opened two charter schools (Horizon and Moving Everest). Now they are floating the idea of building another new school at the expense of closing four existing schools? CPS desperately needs a facilities plan to bring stability to schools and communities. They are treating schools like pop-up stores in our lowest income neighborhoods in the city.
In other news
DNAInfo Chicago: ‘Little South Side School’ In Pullman Wins National Award
DNAInfo Chicago: Controversial Charter High School Opens In Brighton Park To Fanfare
Chicago Public Fools blog: Looking behind the curtain of school choice, again
Appointed State Charter Commission Strikes again and overrides local, elected school board!
Daily Herald: Despite funding concerns, state panel OKs Elgin charter school
- Saturday, October 7: Youth Action March- Chicago, 12:00pm, Thompson Center. Please contact Chicago Students Union for more information or to get involved.
- Tuesday, October 10: CPS Truth in Taxation Hearing, 10:30am; Amended Budget Hearings: 12:00pm and 2:30pm, 42 W. Madison.
- Tuesday, October 17: DePaul College of Education presents Racial Segregation and Racial Justice in Chicago Schools Today, 5:30pm, DePaul University Student Center Room 120B, 2250 N. Sheffield.
- Saturday, October 21: Screening of ‘63 Boycott, 1:00pm, Rainbow/PUSH, 930 E. 50th St.
- Wednesday, October 25: Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) screening of Backpack Full of Cash, 6:00pm, SEIU at 2229 S. Halsted.
- Thursday, October 26: Raise Your Hand’s Forum, The Promise and Pitfalls of Ed Tech, 7:00pm, Haas Park, 2402 N Washtenaw Ave.