RYH Lobby Day: Call your Legislators if you can't be in Springfield

Dear RYH Members, Today is Lobby Day for RYH and while many can't join us on our trip to Springfield, you can help by calling your legislators about the bills summarized below. For years, our state has underfunded education. We parents try to step in to make up for the differences but it's not enough to cover every school community evenly. There is no excuse for a state with the income of Illinois to be last in theproportion of funding that it devotes to its public schools. Continue reading

Working on the Parent-Teacher Connection During Tough Times

As we all know, these are very tense and uncertain times in our district. There’s a massive amount of change occurring, a lot of uncertainty about budgets and having the time to manage proper implementation of budgets for the school year ahead, and let’s be honest, a lot of concern over a potential teacher’s strike ahead. Continue reading

Education Forums this Month - with RYH and other fantastic parent and community groups!

There's a lot to talk about regarding education and Chicago! We are excited to be speaking on several panels this month along with other parent and community groups from around the city.   May 2nd –DePaul College of Education, “Parents and Schools”, 5:30-7:30pm Continue reading

School budgets for Elementary Schools out this week

High Schools shoud have received budgets last week and elementary schools will get their budgets this week. Please let us know the overall picture for your school. Below are some articles on this topic: Continue reading

Sign our Petition for a Quality, Funded Longer Day

While there is no consensus on the right length of day for our children in this city, there is a consensus around quality and funding for our kids' education. Parents are well aware that CPS has not adequately funded our current school day. Our children have had inadequate arts, physical education, language/bilingual programs, support services and much more for decades at many of our schools. Some schools can support some of these extras, but these programs should be basic standards for every child in Chicago. Continue reading

Coverage of Longer Day on April 23rd NPR Morning Edition

Raise Your Hand and members of the newly formed Chicago Parents for Quality Education were featured on Morning Edition yesterday on NPR. Check out the story here: NPR Morning Edition Story

Raise Your Voice Lobby Day - Wednesday, May 9th

Sometimes you raise your hand to indicate you want to speak and sometimes you cannot wait; you need to "Raise Your Voice." Now is that time. On Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 we hope you will Raise Your Voice with us in Springfield. We will head to our state capitol to voice our concerns and experience as parents to the legislators whom we, “the people,” elected into office. Continue reading

Rally for a Quality, Funded Day tomorrow

We've gotten over 1,100 signatures for our petition for a quality, funded school day in five days. This Friday we are going to be delivering the petition to the Mayor's office at 4pm. Help us by attending and showing your support for a quality day. The Mayor said at his press conference that parents are offering a false choice of quantity versus quality. According to the Mayor and CEO Brizard, our children will have a quality 7 hour day. Continue reading

Mayor Emanuel and CPS switch gears and announce a 7 Hour Day for Elementary Schools

"Bowing to pressure from parents and teachers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday his modified plan for a longer school day" "Emanuel backs 7-hour school day after parents protest longer plan"  "Parent Power" These are a few of the headlines that appeared following today's  press conference at Disney II Elementary where members of Raise Your Hand witnessed Mayor Emanuel announcing a change in his plans from a 7.5 hour to a 7hour school day for elementary students in Chicago.  The 7-hour day will include a 45-minute lunch/recess period, which RYH has been advocating for over the past year. Continue reading

Meeting Recap with CPS on the Longer Day

Raise Your Hand was invited to meet with CEO Brizard, other CPS management and Board Member Jesse Ruiz last week to discuss the longer day. RYH conveyed our concerns that CPS does not have the funding to implemement a quality 7.5 hour day, especially given the projected deficit of $600 million for 2013 and roughly $1 billion for 2014. Continue reading