CReATE data analysis on School Closings

CReATE is a group of over 80 education professors and researchers in Chicago. Read what they have to say about school closings. Continue reading

The Efficiency of School Closures: Are Super-sized Classrooms More Effective?

Raise Your Hand, founded by parents who mobilized in response to warnings in 2010 that class sizes might be increased to resolve budget deficits, finds itself again revisiting the classroom size problem in Chicago as CPS lists 54 schools for closure by the end of this year. These school closures reflect the CPS goal to fill classrooms with 30 students, as has been pointed out in the recent Tribune article. The new CPS utilization formula allows for as many 36 students in classrooms. Continue reading

CPS wants to close 54 schools and shutter 61 buildings

CPS has never closed more than 13 schools in one year and the district has a master facilities plan that is due in October yet they are proposing this move without any research or evidence to back it. Continue reading

Raise Your Hand calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ensure a transparent and open process for Board of Education appointment

The resignation of Penny Pritzker from the Chicago Board of Education creates a vacancy that will be filled through an appointment by Mayor Emanuel. Previous Emanuel appointments to the Board of Education have been made with no public discussion. In fact, the last resignation by a member was actually announced by the mayor at the same time that his replacement was named, with no opportunity for outside input. Continue reading

CPS sends survey to Potential Program Providers for "Welcoming Schools"

This was sent to us today. CPS is looking for vendors to provide field trips to welcoming schools? IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUESTED - FRIDAY DEADLINE Hello CPS Program Providers!Today we are reaching out to you with a great opportunity to support CPS students and families this spring through the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Continue reading

The Tribune looks in-depth at space utilization at CPS

and CPS' Becky Carroll says that "big classes don't necessarily hamper learning. It's the quality of teaching in that classroom," Carroll said. "You could have a teacher that is high-quality that could take 40 kids in a class and help them succeed." Continue reading

Share our Infographic on Mass School Closings

Print it out, pass it around, flyer your neighborhood. Mass school closings are bad for kids and bad for our neighborhoods. Especially when people in charge at CPS just moved here and are not familiar with our schools, our kids, our city. Continue reading

Right-Sizing the District: A Page Out of the 2009 Broad Foundation Handbook

Seth Lavin, former education blogger and father of a future CPS student, recently shared an interesting find on his twitter feed, a 2009 handbook on school closings written by the Broad Foundation. http://www.scribd.com/doc/127292372/1344-schoolclosureguide. The Broad Foundation is a venture philanthropy organization that invests millions in education and trains superintendents around the country, including JC Brizard. The current CPS CEO, Byrd-Bennett, is an Executive Coach with Broad. You can read about them here: http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/2011/06/08/ed-week-critics-target-growing-army-broad-academy-leaders Continue reading

Action Alert: Springfield to eliminate class size caps for special education rooms

Yesterday the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) passed a proposal that would lift formal class size limitations on special education classrooms and allow all decisions on class size limits to be made at the local level. We strongly oppose this proposal and agree with the many special education advocates who testified against it in Springfield this week. Continue reading

Raise Your Hand talks school closings on Chicago Tonight - 2/19/13

We were honored to be invited to discuss school closings on Chicago Tonight with Jesse Ruiz, VP of the Chicago Board of Education and Rebecca Harris of Catalyst Magazine. You can watch the video here: CHICAGO TONIGHT - SCHOOL CLOSINGS