End of Year Recap- Support our Work for Next School Year

With another school year coming to a close, we are thankful for YOU—our supporters and volunteers who have helped us accomplish so much this year.  But our work is far from done!

Today we are asking for your continued support by making a donation to our end-of-the-school-year fundraising campaign—to help strengthen our movement and begin the next school year stronger than ever.  Our goal is to raise $20,000.  Consider signing up for a tax-deductible monthly donation of $15 or a one-time gift of whatever works for you. During the 2013-14 school year alone, RYH has:

Compiled actionable data that highlights resource disparities in neighborhood schools

  • Launched “Per Pupil Funding Campaign” that brought parents from over 20 schools to address the Board of Education
  • Surveyed 170 schools and found that only 35% had two hours of weekly arts instruction
  • Presented data on 11,000 empty seats in charter schools with Apples to Applesproject

Advocated successfully on behalf of students and parents at the local and state levels

  • Fought changes to class-size limits for special education, which would have negatively impacted both special education and general education rooms
  • Argued for common sense revisions to CPS new policy on fingerprinting volunteers
  • Protected student privacy by working with More than a Score to keep CPS students’ personal data off privately controlled computer servers (inBloom).
  • Worked with CPS and CTU to amend the school calendar and move Spring Break a week earlier

Provided a strong, public parent voice on importance of a quality education for all

  • Raised the visibility of education issues in multiple media outlets, includingCrain’s, Catalyst, Chicago Tonight, WBEZ and others
  • Organized parent network circles in eight neighborhoods, connecting parents from different schools
  • Held public forums, parent advocacy trainings, and small group meetings with parents across the city

Promoted ideas and actions to strengthen neighborhood schools

  • Sponsored presentation on quality education by Finnish policy expert Pasi Sahlberg
  • Assisted BooksFirst in donating over 6,000 books to CPS schools without libraries and with many homeless students.

We have accomplished so much together this year. Please help us continue our good work, and enable us to extend our reach by making a tax-deductible monetary gift today! 


Wendy Katten and the Raise Your Hand Board

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