LSC Workshop this Saturday- Ellis Park on the South Side!

All LSC members and those interested in the power of LSCs are welcome! Continue reading

ARA report proposes a questionable process built on flawed set of premises

In response to the recent release of the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), we wrote the below statement with Blocks Together and Generation All.  Continue reading

Fundraiser Goal Met! $10,000 Donation Secured! 😊 Cheers to YOU!

YOU CAME THROUGH- via 50 (YES, FIFTY!) online donors we raised an additional $3300+, exceeding our fundraiser goal AND earning that $10,000 donation to pay our rent for a year!!!  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.27.18: Raise a Glass: This Tuesday!

Raise Your Hand's annual fundraiser, Raise a Glass for RYH, is this Tuesday!  Join us at Lagunitas Brewing Company on Tuesday, October 2, from 5:30 - 8:30pm.  Please buy your ticket in advance so we can plan ahead! Continue reading

RYH Statements & Videos from the September 2018 Unelected BOE Meeting

The CPS unelected Board of Ed met on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Raise Your Hand was there, speaking and live tweeting. You can read prepared statements below.  You can find a playlist of 3 videos from the meeting here: Mary Hughes on special education issues, Wendy Katten on nursing issues, and Liz Keenan's (ODLSS Chief) response to the statements.  RYH live tweet thread links: Four new charter schools looking to open in 2019-20, 45 minute data presentation- CPS slides, Alderman Dowell, King, Daley Thompson and Solis speak in support of the new boundaries for the new South Loop HS, and public comment thread. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.20.18 AND Raise a Glass for RYH! Less than 2 weeks away!

Why support RYH at our annual fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct 2, 5:30-8:30pm? A note from a CPS parent & member of our fundraiser committee: Hello fellow public education supporter, I have a photo from six years ago almost to the day: it's my family holding picket signs in the playground behind Ray School from when teachers went on strike over a longer school day and labor conditions. It reminds me of the school closing hearings, state budget fights, and assorted other CPS zaniness over the years. I believe Raise Your Hand keeps the people inside the Board of Ed building from going totally off the rails, which is one reason we helped plan a fundraiser to honor special education parents’ epic fight this past year and raise funds to support continued organizing on this issue and so many other issues on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the RYH Fundraiser, October 2!

There are many, many reasons to join us at our annual fundraiser, Raise a Glass for RYH Here are the Top 5 Reasons: Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.13.18: Back to school party to support our work! Plus, back to school news!

We would be honored if you would join us and Raise a Glass for RYH on Tuesday, October 2, 5:30-8:30 in the “basement” of Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W. 17th St. Buy tickets here. Buy an ad in the program book here. You can still join the host committee here. Our Facebook event page is here: please share on your Facebook page and invite your friends! We’ll see you there! Continue reading

Rahm’s not running—What does that mean for the public schools?

We all got the stunning news yesterday that Rahm Emanuel isn’t running for re-election, and that means there’s going to be a new boss of the Chicago Public Schools in May 2019.  If you’ve read our newsletters over the past eight years, you know that in Chicago, the Mayor oversees the schools, appoints the school board, and selects the CEO of CPS. The primary election is in February 2019 but the next mayoral term doesn’t start until May 2019. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.30.18: We hope you & yours have the best school year ever!

With students back to CPS Tuesday, we wish you & your family a happy first day and an excellent school year where your children have the opportunity to learn and thrive. We hope you have a fun, yet relaxing, Labor Day weekend planned- enjoy! It’s been a busy, productive summer for RYH and we are looking forward to another school year of advocating with you. There is so much to do to ensure that all students are getting what they need to be their best selves, and we hope you’ll join us this year to work on many of our campaigns! Stay in touch with us: Email sign up, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Continue reading