NEW POST! An Update: CPS "Outreach" Meetings for the 2018 Preliminary Draft Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)

This is a new post which UPDATES the information shared in our original post: CPS "Outreach" Meetings for the 2018 Preliminary Draft Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.8.18: CPS Scandal After CPS Scandal...

You have all likely seen the horrific reports out of the Chicago Tribune by now, documenting hundreds of cases of sexual assault and abuse that have been reported to CPS over a decade but have never been made public before. The Trib said they had to threaten to sue CPS to get them to reveal the data they possessed, and it turns out CPS lawyers have investigated over 430 cases of sexual assault or abuse by CPS employees since 2011. These are just incidents that have occurred in CPS school buildings that have been reported. CPS acknowledged in the Tribune that they had no formal policies or procedures in place to deal with this, or to give schools firm direction on what they needed to do in the event that a student made a report. Continue reading

CPS "Outreach" Meetings for the 2018 Preliminary Draft Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)

We have a NEW, UPDATED POST published on June 11, 2018, 9:20pm. Please read that post instead or go to it after reading the below. CPS did change their meeting schedule and posted it online at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.   Does it often feel that there is just no overall facilities plan for CPS?  Many parents, students, teachers, and community groups have felt the same way over many decades and many fought for a law passed in 2011. This law (PA 097-0474) requires CPS to provide plans for capital spending and to have a 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). Continue reading

Our Statement on "Betrayed," the Trib's Investigative Report

We at RYH were horrified, saddened and infuriated when we learned of the Chicago Tribune report that came out today about rampant cases of sexual abuse and assault of students at CPS over the past decade. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 5.24.18: 5 quickish things before the long weekend!

We hope you enjoy this long holiday weekend and that you spend some quality time with your family outdoors! So you can get on with your weekend, here are 5 quickish things you need to know about this week in education... Continue reading

RYH Statements from the May 2018 Unelected CPS BOE

Two Raise Your Hand board members spoke at the May 2018 unelected CPS Board of Education meeting. Their statements are below. We live tweet every monthly CPS BOE meeting and use the hashtag #cpsboard. A tweet worth noting is this one: Watch the powerful performance of Lindblom HS's Varsity Singers. After the performance, their Choir Director delivered this joint letter to the unelected BOE on behalf of several CPS choir directors expressing concerns about the impact of expanded graduation requirements upon Choir programs and classes. It is worth a read. Continue reading

Grow The Value of Your Donation! Matching Recurring Donor

Grow the value of your donation while you help RYH grow its impact on public education!   Continue reading

This Week in Ed 5.17.18: State takes control of CPS Special Education

The state voted yesterday to appoint an independent monitor to oversee almost all aspects of CPS’ special education. Please read this entire email... We need you to Grow With Us for more wins in public education! Continue reading

This Week in Ed 5.11.18: State says CPS violated federal sped law- Recommends monitor for 3 years

Stay up to date on the latest education news. Sign up to receive This Week in Ed delivered to your email inbox every week! Other ways to stay in touch with us:  Twitter... @CPSuccessCHI, @ILRaiseYourHand, @RYHAction, @MTAS_Chicago Facebook... IL Raise Your Hand, Raise Your Hand Action, More Than A Score Chicago YouTube... http://bit.ly/RYHYouTube Continue reading

This Week in Ed: 4.27.18: Unelected CPS BOE Meeting Recap

Stay up to date on the latest education news. Sign up to receive This Week in Ed delivered to your email inbox every week! Other ways to stay in touch with us:  Twitter... @CPSuccessCHI, @ILRaiseYourHand, @RYHAction, @MTAS_Chicago Facebook... IL Raise Your Hand, Raise Your Hand Action, More Than A Score Chicago YouTube... http://bit.ly/RYHYouTube Continue reading