This Week in Ed 8.24.18: CPS Board votes on updated policies re: volunteers in schools and student-teacher communication

The CPS BOE voted to update certain policies around student-teacher/staff communication through technology and vetting of volunteers. These policies come in the wake of the CPS sexual abuse scandal. Continue reading

RYH Statements & Videos from the August 2018 Unelected BOE Meeting

The unelected CPS Board of Education held their monthly meeting on August 22, 2018. Here are our written statements and links to video of our testimony.  Continue reading

CPS Sexual Abuse Report Released: Our Statement

As everyone knows, a groundbreaking and brutal report from the Chicago Tribune exposed that protections have not been in place at CPS to minimize sexual abuse and harassment of students while at school. The Trib has reported on both adult-student incidents as well as student-student incidents- over 400 in the past 7 years- all in CPS school buildings. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.17.18: Alarming report on CPS sex abuse released this afternoon

This was a big week for ed news in Chicago and IL! We urge you to continue to read or carve out some time this weekend to sit back and catch up on all the news.   This afternoon, the draft report entitled “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct against Students in Chicago Public Schools” was released. It was authored by Maggie Hickey who was hired by CPS to review the handling of sexual abuse allegations and to make policy recommendations. You can find the full report in this Chalkbeat Chicago article: Leadership instability atop Chicago schools contributed to mishandling of student sex cases: report.   Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.10.18: Parents Testify at Student Data Privacy Subject Matter Hearing

Thanks to all of you who came out to the student-data privacy hearing this past Tuesday in the IL House Cybersecurity Committee! There were quite a few parents in attendance and several who testified. RYH Action pushed for this hearing because they have been trying to get a simple data privacy bill passed and have come up against serious opposition from the ed tech lobby and school management groups. We believe parents have a right to know what data is being collected on our children, how it’s being used, and the ability to correct it if it’s wrong, and we don’t think tech companies should be able to profit by selling our kids’ data to entities for marketing purposes. We also think stronger protections are needed to secure our students’ data. These are just some of the data privacy issues that we’re trying to bring to light. Continue reading

This Week in ed 8.2.18: Student data privacy hearing scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, in Chicago

In a big win for IL students that comes as a result of many parents speaking to their legislators about student data privacy concerns and as a result of Raise Your Hand Action being present in Springfield and meeting with several IL legislators on this issue, the IL House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee will hold a subject-matter hearing on student data privacy on Tues August 7th, 10am, at the Bilandic Building (160 N LaSalle), C-600, 6th floor.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 7.27.18: CPS passes inequitable capital plan despite massive outcry from public

To no one’s surprise, the CPS appointed board unanimously passed their FY 2019 budget Wednesday which includes a $1B capital plan that perpetuates gross inequity throughout the city. Continue reading

CPS FY 2019 Budget Vote: RYH's Statement at the CPS Unelected BOE Meeting, July 25, 2018

We spoke at the July monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education where the unelected, mayor appointed BOE unanimously approved the FY 2019 operating budget as well as a nearly $1B capital budget. Joy Clendenning, CPS parents and RYH Managing Director, spoke on our behalf. Her statement is below. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 7.21.18: Follow the money? CPS hearings on capital & operating budgets

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