This Week in Ed 2.16.18: Are you LSC curious? How to Run, Win and Make a Difference at Your Local School

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This Week in Ed 2.9.18: ❄️ ⛄️ Dig out of the snow over the next few days and attend a public ed event!

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This Week in Ed 2.3.18: Run for Local School Council! 2 Events to Learn More

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RYH Statements: CPS School Actions Hearings

Between January 25, 2018, and January 31, 2018, CPS hosted several hearings on their 2017-18 Proposed School Actions. RYH attended three hearings and spoke at them. Our statements are below. You can find a Storify from those hearings here.     Continue reading

This Week in Ed 1.26.18: Jackson Approved as New CPS CEO

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RYH Statements From the January 2018 Unelected BOE Meeting

Raise Your Hand had 2 speakers at the January 2018 unlelected CPS Board of Education meeting. Our statements are below. You can also read our statement from an earlier hearing here. Continue reading

RYH Statement on CPS Request for Waiver to IL School Code Ethics Law to Hire New COO

Raise Your Hand attended and spoke at the unelected CPS Board of Education hearing this morning. Below is our statement given by Deb Hass, CPS parent and RYH board member. The hearing was regarding a waiver that CPS is requesting from the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) to allow CPS to hire Arnie Rivera as Chief Operating Officer (COO) even though he just resigned from the CPS BOE. From the hearing notice: The purpose of said hearing will be to receive public comment on a proposed application to modify a portion of Section 34-21.3 of the School Code for a period of two school years (for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years) to allow a Board Member to be employed by the Board of Education no sooner than thirty (30) calendar days after the expiration or other termination of his term of office as a member of the board. Sun-Times coverage of the issue from January 10, 2018. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 1.19.18: IL House Sped Hearing Today, CPS School Closings Meetings Continue

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This Week in Ed 1.12.18: Hearing on school closings, special ed

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CPS School Actions 2017-18: Community Meeting Statements

CPS held the first round of community meetings this week on their proposed school actions. We attended and live tweeted the following meetings: NTA, Hirsch HS colocation with a religious charter school, Ogden-Jenner merger (which was the one proposal guided and informed by the community), and Englewood HS closings (CPS plans to close the 4 neighborhood high schools in Englewood leaving a one year gap before the new high school is built which will start with only incoming freshman.) We also created a Storify of some tweets from the two nights of community meetings. You can read our tweets from the meetings by scrolling through our Twitter page or by using these shortcuts: NTA meeting coverage starts with this tweet; search #wearenta. Ogden-Jenner meeting coverage is in this thread; search #OgdenJenner. Hirsch HS colocation meeting coverage is in this thread; search #HirschHuskyPride was used. (We’ve also submitted concerns about the charter school and spoke at the unelected BOE.) Englewood HS closing coverage starts with this tweet; #cpsboard and #Englewood were used. RYH spoke at the NTA, Hirsch HS, and Englewood meetings. Below are two of those statements. Find a full list of proposed school actions, transition plans, and details on the next round of community meeting at this webpage. Click on the "School Actions" tab.   Continue reading