This Week in Ed 7.18.19: Engage with the new CPS BOE- here’s how!

Blocks Together and RYH hosted Schools As Anchors: Communities Planning for Their Schools last weekend. We learned about best practices in planning for school facilities and programming from local experts and from national expert Mary Filardo, Executive Director of the 21st Century School Fund. You can find all of the resources from the event- and more!- here. Check out Chalkbeat Chicago’s coverage: Are there alternatives to closing schools? Chicago parents consider options. We are grateful to Crossroads Fund who supported this event! We also want to thank Alexios Rosario-Moore for all his work organizing the agenda, materials, and workshops! Continue reading

Resources from Schools as Anchors: Communities Planning for Their Schools

Blocks Together and RYH hosted a 1 1/2 day event on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. We learned more about best practices in planning for school facilities and programming from local experts and from national expert Mary Filardo, Executive Director of the 21st Century School Fund. Below are the resources shared during the event and many more.  We are grateful to Crossroads Fund who supported this event! We also want to thank Alexios Rosario-Moore for all his work organizing the agenda, materials, and workshops! Continue reading

Join us! Communities Planning for Their Schools Workshop

We and Blocks Together have an exciting event, Schools as Anchors: Communities Planning for Their Schools coming up in less than 2 weeks, on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at Beidler Elementary school in Garfield Park, 3151 W. Walnut Street. All the details and registration are in this Eventbrite. Thanks to Crossroads Fund for supporting this event! Continue reading

RYH Statements: June 2019 CPS Board of Education + all the press coverage of the meeting

We attended and spoke at the June 26, 2019 monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education- the first one of the Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed BOE. Find the new appointed BOE members plus their bios here.  Our prepared statements are below. You can watch video of our speakers here. You can find our live tweets from the meeting here. Follow #cpsboard as well.  Here is the document we submitted about the CPS School Quality Rating Policy(SQRP) written by Cassie Creswell of Raise Your Hand Action. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.21.19: 🌞 Happy First Day of Summer! 🌞

Make sure you follow us on social media this summer! Find out how here. Continue reading

Community Groups File for Injunction to Freeze $1.3 Billion in TIF for Lincoln Yards

The filed and stamped copy of the motion for the injunction can be downloaded here: https://www.clccrul.org/s/20190619Brief-in-Support-of-Preliminary-InjunctionDRAFT6192019-FINAL.pdf Two community organizations filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction in circuit court yesterday to force the City of Chicago to freeze its plan to create the Cortland and Chicago River TIF District with up to $1.3 billion in taxpayer money for a luxury development in Lincoln Yards. Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education filed a lawsuit in April through a team of attorneys from Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The injunction argues that the TIF district where the Lincoln Yards development is located does not meet the legal standard for use of TIF subsidies in a “blighted” community, violating the state’s TIF law. Continue reading

RYH's new Executive Director

Please welcome Jianan Shi as the new Executive Director of Raise Your Hand! Jianan has worked across several Chicago communities as a high school teacher and as an organizer. We can’t wait for you and your community to get to know him as the RYH ED! Jianan will be busy meeting with various people and organizations over the coming months. You will hear from him very soon. Here’s a quick bio: Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.7.19: New CPS BOE appointed... and more Chicago education news! 🌼

On Monday, Mayor Lightfoot officially appointed the new CPS Board of Education: Miguel del Valle (president), Sendhil Revuluri (vice president), Luisiana Melendez, Amy Rome, Lucino Sotelo, Elizabeth Todd-Breland, and Dwayne Truss. We are pleased by the appointment of Dwayne Truss, former vice president of the RYH board. He played an instrumental role in shaping our organization and is a phenomenal human and advocate for public schools. Read this from Austin Talks to learn more about Dwayne: Austin Resident Dwayne Truss appointed to the Chicago Board of Education. Continue reading

Lightfoot appoints new CPS Board of Education

Mayor Lightfoot announced her CPS Board of Ed appointments today. Donate now to help RYH work for transformation in CPS. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 5.23.19: Rahm’s gone. Lightfoot’s in. RYH persists!

It was a huge relief to hear CPS Board of Education president Frank Clark announce at Wednesday’s meeting that it was his and the entire Rahm appointed board’s last meeting. There will be a whole new unelected CPS BOE seated at the June meeting! Chalkbeat Chicago: ‘It’s our last meeting’: New mayor Lori Lightfoot moves to disband Chicago’s school board, setting up major shift Sun-Times: All 7 members of the Chicago Board of Education step down And, in case you are wondering about the CEO position... Chalkbeat Chicago: Lori Lightfoot makes it official: She’s keeping Janice Jackson as Chicago schools chief Continue reading