The Battle Between CPS and CTU is about much more than Pay

If you follow the mainstream press you probably think that CPS and the CTU are battling mainly over what teachers should be paid. This is not accurate. A raise may be one issue at stake, but the bigger issue behind the scenes, as we understand, is that the state law that passed last year, SB7, changes the process of bargaining and essentially is forcing a stalemate between the two parties. What does this mean? Continue reading

Education Events Abound in May!

Sunday, May 20, 5pm-7pm, Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson “Critically Thinking about Chicago Public Schools” Sonia Kwon from Raise Your Hand on the panel as well as Alderman Ameya Pawar, members from the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, PURE, the CTU and VOYCE; CPS Board members are also invited. Continue reading

Check out the "College Ready Fund" document that CPS gave to schools

Attached is the guide that CPS provided to Principals to offer suggestions on how to use the discretionary money for the longer day. As you will see, it is heavy on on-line learning tools and textbooks. Continue reading

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