This Week in Ed 9.23.20: CPS BOE Today | LSC & SpEd Events | A Toast to Parents & Caregivers!

We are 20 days away from Raise a Glass! Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, become a sponsor, bought an advertisement or given an in kind donation for our auction- over half of our support comes from donors like yourselves. As we continue our work on remote learning, school funding, local school councils, and special education, we cannot do it without your support! We are 35% of the way towards our goal. We are shipping out our swag so this week, can you support Raise Your Hand by buying a ticket? Thank you for supporting our work! Continue reading

RYH Statements at the Sept 2020 CPS BOE Meeting

Our statements from today's meeting are below. The meeting will be live streamed on the CPS YouTube Channel starting at 10:30AM. Sometimes they are a few minutes late so keep refreshing the page until the live feed shows up. You can follow us on Twitter for some live tweeting: @ILRaiseYourHand. For more live tweets, please follow the #ChiDocumenter assigned to the meeting: @_KellyGarcia_. Press coverage is far below.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.16.20: A Toast! | In School SAT | Remote Learning Woes & Successes!

Join us in toasting parents & caregivers at our annual event, Raise a Glass! We will be mailing out our RYH swag next week so get your tickets today! Continue reading

Illinois Districts: SAT with Essay, In Person & School-Administered for Class of 2021 (Seniors)

Context: The Class of 2021 missed the school-administered SAT with Essay at all IL schools (scheduled for April 2020) due to the pandemic & the IL Stay At Home Order.  UPDATE 9.21 7PM: There's been some press coverage on this issue- see far below. UPDATE 9.18 5PM: An email was sent to CPS parents this afternoon. Continue reading

Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More

Welcome. Our work around Special Education has spiked since the Covid-19 shutdown and subsequent remote learning! For that reason and more, we are creating this Special Ed Parent Resource Page for Remote Learning (which is a work in progress) where you can find the latest additions to our RYH-developed Special Education parent supports, as well as links to other resources we have collected for Remote Learning.  Continue reading

Back to School 2020-21: COVID-19 Resources

Thank you for visiting our Back to School 2020-21: COVID-19 Resources page. We are sharing the latest guidelines, FAQ docs, and other relevant links for parents. Updated: 2.16.21, 9AM. This is our third COVID-19 Resources page: You can find our original COVID-19 Resources page here (Spring 2020) and Summer 2020 here. UPDATED Feb 16: New CDC Guidelines for Schools | Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation Continue reading

CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites 2020-21: The Basics | COVID-19

CPS expanded the number of sites for CPS Grab & Go Meals. Please see below for the basics of this program. Scroll down for additional food assistance.  UPDATED 2.16: P-EBT (food benefits for families with school-aged children) is back. Some information below.  Continue reading

Statements at the August 2020 CPS Board of Ed Meeting- RYH & Allies

Several powerful statements are below. The meeting is live streamed on the CPS YouTube channel. Our live tweets are here and we recommend following today’s #ChiDocumenter for every bit of board action. (Read more about City Bureau’s Documenters here.) Press coverage of the meeting is far below.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 8.26.20: Rally downtown before SRO vote TODAY! | Plus this week's news! 🗞️

TODAY, Wed, Aug 26 | 10:30AM | CPS, 42 W. Madison Hosted by #PoliceFreeSchools youth Wear a mask. Plan to physically distance. Bring water. Continue reading