CPS Dept of Arts Education - parent input needed on Arts Education Plan

CPS Department of Arts Education is launching the first district-wide CPS Arts Education Plan. This plan will set the standards for arts education across the school district. The plan needs parent input and there will be several community meetings across the city. Some are tailored for parents and community members while others are tailored for principals, arts orgs and arts educators. Parents meetings will occur at these times/locations: July 11 (5:30 pm) at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 July 17 (5:30 pm) at Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628 For complete list of meetings, locations and to register, refer to: http://www.cpsartsplan2012.com/News.html

CPS cancels public meetings on Contract Negotiations

A FACE manager at CPS had contacted us a few weeks ago and told us CPS was going to hold two meetings open to the public on contract negotiations. We put an email out to our membership about the first meeting scheduled at Gage Park High School for June 25th. Robocalls also went out to the parent community inviting them to these meetings. On Monday of this week, CPS emailed us to tell us that they changed their minds and will postpone these meetings until after the fact-finding process is completed in July. This is the message we received: Continue reading

Chicago Reader lists Raise Your Hand as one of the "Best Public School Parent" Groups

Hey Raise Your Hand Advocates, We got a nice shout out from the Reader in their "Best of Chicago 2012" issue along with our friends from KOCO and the 19th ward parent group. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-public-school-parents/BestOf?oid=6677001&keywords It's nice to have all of our efforts recognized. Let's keep up the hard work together in fall 2012! Donate Now to help us power our efforts for next year.

On the Robocalls that Many CPS Parents Received this Week

Many RYH parents emailed us to complain about a robocall made by a group called DFER that went out this week. Here’s the text: “Hi, my name is Jennifer Herron. As a parent and Local School Council Member I am worried that a teacher’s strike will hurt our children. Teachers deserve a raise. But it bothers me that the union is taking a strike vote before the independent arbitrator offers a compromise. Teachers should wait to see the deal first. Text compromise to _____ to encourage teachers to put our kids first. Wait and see the deal before voting to strike. Paid for by edreform.now.” Continue reading

On the strike authorization vote

We have received many questions on whether we support today’s strike authorization vote. Many parents are confused about what this vote means. Here is our viewpoint: The vote today does not mean that there will definitely be a strike. It only authorizes a strike in the event that the two parties cannot come to an agreement when fact-finding is completed later this summer. We urge both sides to take every measure possible to avoid a strike. Continue reading

RYH Forum - Monday 6/11 in Logan Square - Haas Park at 6:30pm

Next RYH Forum – 6/11 in Logan Square at Haas Park, 2409 N. Washtenaw Come join us for an important discussion – “Changes and Challenges at CPS”– with a focus on the parent-teacher connection during tough times, what’s at stake during contract negotiations, how state law SB7 impacts the process, hear from parents and classroom teachers about their perspective on what’s important for next school year and beyond. Rod Estvan from Access Living will be on the panel along with a rep from Logan Square Neighborhood Association and others. Continue reading

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