New Raise Your Hand Coalition Video

  Check out the new video by coalition member Amy Smolensky:       Illinois Raise Your Hand is coalition of Chicago public schools, we are pleading with our state representatives to not cut the education budget by $1.3 billion. Illinois is the 49th state in education funding even though they have the 5th highest GDP of all the states. We are asking for sustainable, level funding to prevent massive layoffs of teachers, overcrowded classrooms and cuts to special education, arts, music, language, etc.

RYH asks for meeting with Mayor Daley

The Chicago Public Schools Parents Group representing parents from more than 250 schools throughout the city, today hand delivered a letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley requesting a meeting to discuss funding for public school education. Download to read more ...

Still waiting for an answer from Mayor Daley

August 1st marks two months since the Raise Your Hand Coalition delivered a letter to Mayor Daley requesting a meeting to discuss funding for public school education.  This letter, which called into question the annual diversion of more than $250 million in CPS property taxes away from education, has gone unanswered.  We implore Mayor Daley to share the burden and responsibility of the city's education crisis by taking a closer looak at the TIF program and halt this diversion of funds.

Mayor Daley's Deafening Silence

As many of you know on June 1, 2010 RYH hand-delivered a letter to the Mayor requesting a meeting to discuss funding for public school education.  This was a couple of days after Mayor Daley gave a rousing speech at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In the speech he called education the "greatest equalizer", lack of funding a "disgrace" and "tackling the education system in Chicago is what I'd like to be known for".  So we thought we would give  him a chance. Continue reading

Are you registered to vote? If not, you have until 10/5!

In order to vote in the November election you must be registered to vote by October 5.  This is a HUGE election year with many aldermanic races, a mayoral race and a governor's race at stake.  Illinois is still ranked 49th out of 50 for education funding.  Chicago Public Schools still need a lot of work, and a few alderman can change the dynamics of the City Council.  YOUR VOTE REALLY COUNTS!  Please register to vote.  Here are the ways you can do so: Continue reading

Education in the Media - the Superman Hype

If you turned on your TV in the past few days it would be difficult to have missed the firestorm that has started with the opening of the documentary "Waiting for Superman." You can probably catch replays on TV or online, but here is a rundown of the education firestorm that is hitting the airwaves: Continue reading

July 18th Update

When we started in April, 2010 it was to effect change as quickly as possible. But time is relative, you have to take a short-term and a long-term perspective. In the short-term we have class room sizes back to status quo (except for high-schools), full-day kindergarten and most of the funding back from the state. In the long-term we ask ourselves "Will we be back in this situation next year?" and it seems to be a resounding YES. So this campaign for fair and sustainable education funding is not over.Please keep on signing petitions and taking our survey, these things make a difference. Persistence pays off in the end.One result of our persistence is that our voices are being heard. Press links

May 28 - Legislative Update

[May 28, 2010] The Illinois General Assembly adjourned yesterday after approving a budget expenditure plan that prevents catastrophic cuts in funding for public education, but still falls short of full funding. The cut to statewide education funding contained in the original budget has been reduced by 75 percent, from $1.3 billion to $327 million. Raise Your Hand calls on Governor Quinn to use his budget authority provided under the Emergency Budget Act to restore the remaining $327 million. Continue reading