A Brief History of the Board of Education

In 1851 the Illinois State Legislature gave the city council responsibility for the Chicago Public schools. The council hired the city's first school superintendent in 1854. In 1872 the Illinois State Legislature established a Board of Education, with members appointed by the mayor, to oversee all aspects of public education in Chicago. While other school districts in the state established elected school boards, Chicago remained unique in having a board appointed by the mayor. Continue reading

Two Education Forums on Tuesday 8/21

We know RYH members have a lot of questions about contract negotiations.  This is an opportunity to attend a forum and have your questions answered. RYH is not sponsoring these forums, fyi, but we encourage you to attend and get informed! Continue reading

Access Living: Analysis of CPS' F13 Budget

Access Living is a disability rights and special education advocacy organization in Chicago. This report was written by Education Policy Analyst, Rod Estvan. Access Living does not support the budget that CPS is proposing and voting on this Wednesday, 8/22.  Continue reading

Save the Date - 8/28 MAYORAL TUTORIAL Benefit for RYH at the Heartland Cafe

Come out and get dangerously informed! Mayoral Tutorial Don Washington will host an Interactive, Agitational, Informational, Educational, Satirical Town Hall Meeting: The State of Public Education Issues in Emanuel Land – Tuesday August 28th, 7pm at the Heartland Cafe - 7000 N. Glenwood. Continue reading

Phase 1 of Elected-School Board Campaign Complete

Phase 1 of ERSB Campaign Complete! We are very happy to report that as part of CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education), RYH helped turn in 9,768 signatures in 204 precincts and 26 wards on Monday at the Board of Elections. It was a great moment as parents, teachers, students and community members joined together from all corners of the city to hand in the petitions. Raise Your Hand helped to collect signatures in 15 of the 26 wards. Thanks to everyone who spent time working on this campaign! Continue reading

CPS and CTU come to an interim agreement

CPS and Chicago Teachers Union Officials today announced that CPS plans to hire an additional 477 teachers for next school year for subjects to be taught outside the traditional classroom such as art, technology and physical education . This is very good news and we are extremely pleased that both parties have come to an agreement that includes adding staff to CPS’ much under-resourced school day. Continue reading

RYH Fact-Finding Report on the State of CPS

Illinois has no long-term plan to equitably and sustainably fund it's schools Illinois is still 49th in the nation in what the state pays towards education Illinois is ranked one of the most regressive states in the nation in how it funds education with a huge onus on property taxes that causes great inequity in our state. See this Report - Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card Continue reading

Comment on the CPS Budget Hearings

Raise Your Hand believes education policy and planning is best when stakeholders can participate. By releasing the budget only 5 days prior, and holding three hearings at the same time on the same evening with no locations on the north side, RYH leadership is unable to attend the meeting tonight. We have prior commitments in Austin at an education forum and we are participating in the CPS Arts Planning meeting on the North Side tonight. Many of our members expressed frustration to us regarding the scheduling of the budget hearings and the insufficient time CPS gave for parents to plan ahead to attend the meetings.  Continue reading

CPS Budget is Out

CPS Budget – Hearings this Week CPS released their budget Friday. You can access it online and search for your school’s budget under “Interactive Reports, Find Your School Budget.” Despite a very rosy description of all that was preserved by CPS, we see a lot of red in individual school budgets – especially at the neighborhood high school level. As a whole, traditional neighborhood high schools took huge hits. As a whole charter schools as got an increase of $76 million in this budget. Outcomes for traditional elementary schools were varied with some schools gaining funding, some losing funds overall and some staying neutral. We will give a more detailed review of the budget over the next week. Continue reading

This week's schedule for Elected School Board Campaign

here are two ways you can help: 1) Meet up with us either; Monday - 7/9 Bridgeport - 6:45pm - Bridgeport Coffee (31st and Morgan) Thursday 7/12 - West Lakeview - 7pm - Paulina/Barry Saturday 7/15 10am - Andersonville 5400 N. Clark Continue reading