2/9 Chicago Education Facilities Task Force Meeting Wrap-Up

Thanks to Jennie Biggs for providing these notes: I went to the IL General Assembly Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) Meeting today. This is a very respectful body that asks questions of most speakers. A record of the meeting will go to the IL GA. To learn more visit www.isbe.net/CEF The main topic today was school closings & space utilization. Many schools testified. They will be meeting the 2nd Saturday of both March & April. More important info follows... Continue reading

Sign and Share the More than a Score Petition - Our Kids are Taking too many Standardized Tests!

Yesterday, CPS approved a policy that will change the way our Principals are evaluated so that 50% of their evaluation is based on student test scores. This news causes concern among many parents who wonder: Continue reading

Apples to Apples Post: Does Central Office use 36 as the Average Maximum Class Size or Not

From Jeanne Marie Olson's Apples to Apples Blog: I want to clear up right away is this issue of the number “36″ and the space utilization formula. Continue reading

RYH Position on the Longer School Day

After conducting a survey of over 1200 parents at 200 schools, reading emails and corresponding with parents from many schools, listening to parents concerns on the South, West and North sides of the city, Raise Your Hand maintains that parents want a quality day with more programs and staffing positions for their children. Continue reading

Notes from Saturday's Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Meeting

Notes from RYH Hyde Park parent Joy Clendenning from the CEFTF meeting - 1/12/13 I went to the Illinois General Assembly Chicago Educational FacilitiesTask Force (CEFTF) public hearing on the West side on Saturday. Thisis a body chaired by State Rep. Cynthia Soto and State Senator HeatherSteans and it is charged by the General Assembly with monitoring andreporting on CPS' process regarding mandates in SB 630 -- about the10-year Facilities Master Plan and School Actions. Continue reading

Notes from Unified Calendar meeting with CPS/CTU - 1/11/13

We were invited to a very last minute meeting with CPS and the CTU on 1/11/13. Jennie Biggs attended the meeting on behalf of RYH.  We were not invited to earlier meetings where much of this plan was developed. These notes may help to give parents a sense of the plan's direction at this late juncture.  Continue reading

Response from CEO Byrd-Bennett to our 1/3/12 Letter on Space Utilization

Attached is the response we received from CEO Byrd-Bennett on the letter we sent 1/3/12 regarding space utilization, and their process around school closings this year. As you'll see, it looks like they are sticking by their formula of allowing 36 kids per homeroom to calculate utilization. We hope to meet with CEO Byrd-Bennett soon to further discuss. Continue reading

Letter sent to CEO Byrd-Bennett on Space Utilization: 1/2/2013

Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett, We are sending this letter because we have made numerous requests through various staff members at CPS to set up a meeting with you to discuss our space utilization findings presented at the last CPS board meeting and have not yet received a response. We also presented to the CEFTF and at Horner Park space utilization meeting where Frank Clark called our analysis "excellent" and stated that he does not refute our data findings at all.  Continue reading

Ed Week in Review: December 21, 2012

Make a tax-deductible holiday donation to RYH Here's your chance to make a tax-exempt holiday contribution as 2012 comes to a close. We want to continue to work hard in 2013 on various issues from funding to standardized testing to class size and more, and we need your support to do so: Click here to make an easy donation. Every dollar counts:http://ilraiseyourhand.org/civicrm/contribute/transact/?reset=1&id=4 Continue reading

CPS to host tele-town hall on school actions Wednesday 12/21 at 6:30 pm

Have questions, concerns, comments on CPS' proposed school actions? Here's an opportunity to weigh in on the phone with Mr. Brizard: From the CPS FB Page: Parents and guardians: Jean-Claude Brizard wants to answer your questions about CPS’s proposed actions to create higher performing school options for children who currently attend some of the district’s lowest-performing schools. Join other CPS parents and CEO Brizard for a tele-townhall discussion about the proposed school actions this Wednesday Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. To join call 1-877-229-8493 toll-free and enter the access code 18528 when prompted. Please help spread the word