This Week in Ed 9.19.19: Upcoming events & Chi education news!

Please join us for any or all of the following events! The Advocate Group is holding a series of Special Education Workshops to help parents determine if their child may be eligible for extra special education services. Please join us! Visit this RYH web page for more details and for downloadable, shareable flyers.  Continue reading

Series of Special Education Workshops hosted by the Advocate Group

The Advocate Group is holding a series of Special Education Workshops to help parents determine if their child may be eligible for extra special education services. Please join us! Continue reading

Federal oversight of CPS to protect students from sexual violence

Parents received an email from CPS CEO Janice Jackson on Thursday, September 12. It really glossed over the harrowing findings of the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and, instead, discussed the CPS "Comprehensive Plan of Action" which was implemented shortly after the Chicago Tribune exposed rampant sexual abuse within CPS.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.12.19: TIFs on trial

On Wednesday, September 11, we joined our fellow plaintiff, Grassroots Collaborative, and our lawyers, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and 60 supporters at the Circuit Court, Daley Center. The City filed a motion to dismiss our TIF litigation case which was filed in April. We heard the oral arguments from both sides. We expect a written ruling from the judge in a few weeks. Continue reading

Our Day in Court #TIFreform #TIFequity

On Wednesday, September 11, we joined fellow plaintiff, Grassroots Collaborative, and our lawyers, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and 60+ supporters at the Circuit Court, Daley Center. The City filed a motion to dismiss our TIF litigation case which was filed in April. We heard the oral arguments from both sides. We expect a written ruling from the judge in a few weeks. Press coverage and our press conference statement are below.  Continue reading

Forever grateful and changed by Marca Bristo

Marca Bristo, a dynamic and inspiring Chicago-based disability rights activist, died this past Sunday and leaves behind an incredible legacy where she transformed the landscape for people with disabilities in this country. The Founder of Access Living, she was tenacious, gregarious, strategic and had a vision of a world where people with disabilities would live in a world of inclusion, independence and empowerment.  As she took a leading role in the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, she changed the conversation about accessibility for people with disabilities from one where public and private institutions had no obligation to provide access to one where access for all is a Civil Right. Continue reading

Investigate Lincoln Yards Press Conference

RYH's Executive Director, Jianan Shi, spoke at the Investigate Lincoln Yards press conference held on Thursday, August 29. His prepared statement is below. This press conference happened shortly before Mayor Lightfoot gave a budget address to the city and in response to a recent investigation by Hal Dardick of the Chicago Tribune: The race to beat the clock on Lincoln Yards: How a delay could have stopped the megadevelopment from getting $1.3 billion in taxpayer money. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.29.19: Let’s pack the courtroom for #TIFreform when the kids are back at school!

In April, we and Grassroots Collaborative filed a lawsuit against the city over their administration of TIFs, specifically the Lincoln Yards MegaTIF. Here's an article from the day of the filing. Our lawsuit is a piece to the TIF reform puzzle. Of course, the city has filed a motion to dismiss our case. Our lawyers (Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights) will be arguing against the dismissal on Wednesday, September 11, at 9am, downtown, Circuit Court at Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. We would love to pack the courtroom that morning! If you can join us, please fill out this Google form. Facebook event page here. So many of you have joined us in TIF reform advocacy and actions throughout the years- you won't want to miss this one!  Continue reading

RYH Statement at the August 2019 CPS Board of Ed Meeting

We spoke at the August 28, 2019, monthly meeting of the unelected CPS Board of Education. Our prepared statement with clarifications is below. You can find our live tweets here. You can watch video of Jianan's speech here. You can find press coverage of the meeting far below.  Continue reading