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"Every person and organization involved in public education in Illinois benefits from RYH, from its unswerving dedication to its mission, from its sophisticated and effective efforts at the state Capitol in Springfield, from the continuous information flow in support of public schools. It's not an old group, but it is an influential one." --Jim Broadway, State School News Service, December 12, 2018  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 12.7.18: NTA Victory!

Congratulations to the NTA community on their historic victory; NTA will remain open as an elementary school! For details see #1 in our "public ed news this week" list below.   Continue reading

This Week in Ed 11.30.2018: Aldermen Grill CPS on Sex Abuse at City Council Hearing

On Wednesday, City Council's Committee on Education and Child Development finally had a hearing "to address issue of sexual abuse and safety of children in Chicago Public Schools." You can find our thread of live tweets from the 3 hour hearing here. We spoke at the hearing and you can find our prepared statement here. Continue reading

RYH Statement: City Council Hearing on CPS Sex Abuse

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, City Council's Committee on Education and Child Development finally had a hearing "to address issue of sexual abuse and safety of children in Chicago Public Schools."  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 11.19.18: Parent Training Tonight! Updates on sped, data privacy, charters, and more!

Please join us tonight: Parent Training: Know Your Rights on 504 Plans vs. IEP Plans! Details and RSVP here. Continue reading

The ISBE Inquiry Letter: Deciphered for Parents

On Friday, November 9, the IL State Board of Ed (ISBE) finally released a letter to CPS parents and staff regarding the ISBE investigation into CPS special education practices and policies. Many schools still haven't shared the ISBE letter, and it is not that parent friendly. RYH volunteer, Terri Smith, wrote a great fact sheet explaining why the ISBE Inquiry happened and containing many relevant links. It is an improved version of the CPS letter that went out so that parents can actually understand what happened. Continue reading

Parent Statements - ISBE Meeting, 11.16.18

On Friday, November 16, 2018, the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) held a meeting in Chicago. You can find a thread of live tweets here and many more tweets on our Twitter page here.  Below are two statements from parents: one is a Chicago parent speaking about the ISBE inquiry into CPS special education and the other is a Downers Grove mom speaking about the new ISBE school ratings system.  Continue reading

Questions for CPS on student data, personalized learning, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

RYH has been trying to get answers about the new grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative since it was announced this past May. On October 4th, we sent Chicago Public Schools Director of Public Policy Frank Bilecki a list of questions. We don't have answers yet but you can read the questions below. Continue reading

3 Quick Things: CPS ARA, RYH Survey & Backpack Film

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