CPS releases FY2020 budget

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, CPS released their CPS Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The CPS web page is here.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.1.19: Lightfoot promises additional Social Workers, Nurses, & Case Managers BUT...

It’s just a start. We parents know that the reality on the ground, in our schools, ultimately doesn’t reflect the promises made by a mayor- we heard too many promises made at press conferences by Rahm. Continue reading

ATTENTION: CPS Parents of Children with Special Needs

CPS failed thousands of students in 2016 - 2018! Continue reading

RYH Statements at the July 2019 Unelected CPS Board of Ed Meeting

This new, Lightfoot appointed CPS Board of Education is implementing all sorts of changes to bring greater transparency! We attended and spoke at the July 24, 2019 meeting. You can see our prepared statements below. Our thread of live tweets is here. You can find press coverage of the meeting far below. Continue reading

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