RYH Statement at the Dec 2019 CPS Board of Ed Meeting

Below is RYH's prepared statement. You can find our live tweets here. CPS now live streams monthly Board of Education meetings on their YouTube channel. You can find video of the fill meeting here, RYH speaks at 57:40. We've posted video of our statement on our YouTube channel here. Press coverage of the meeting is below. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 12.5.19: 😍 THANK YOU! Plus, Chicago education news!

Thank you for your #GivingTuesday support and closing out a strong 2019 with us! Thank you for considering Raise Your Hand in your end of year giving if you have not yet donated. We are looking to bring on more staff in early 2020 to address significant LSC parent rep shortages. If we can raise $2,000 more by the end of the year, we would be able to start right in January. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 😍 Continue reading

CPS School Actions 2020 - RYH Reflections

By law, CPS must announce any school actions for the following school year by December 1. On November 27, CPS announced the 2020 school actions. One district run school, Hope HS, will close at the end of this school year. Hope HS is one of the high schools in Englewood that CPS is phasing out (Robeson HS closed in June 2018; TEAM Englewood closed in June 2019; Harper HS is phasing out with a scheduled closure date of June 2021.) CPS opened one new high school, Englewood STEM HS, in September 2019.  RYH Executive Director, Jianan Shi, shares his reflection below on this news in context of the public education landscape in Chicago. You can find a list of further reading at the very bottom of this post. Continue reading


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This Week in Ed 11.21.19: Strike make up days + CTU/SEIU contracts approved by CPS Board of Ed

Teachers voted to ratify the contract last week which officially ended the strike. The CPS Board of Ed approved the strike make up days and the CTU and SEIU contracts yesterday at their monthly meeting.  Some more press coverage on the strike & contracts below:  WBEZ: Teachers Strike Remakes 25 Years Of Bargaining in Chicago Chalkbeat Chicago: Budgets, school ratings, charter schools: Side agreements to Chicago teachers contract reach for big changes Revised CPS calendar is here.  Continue reading

"F" for transparency- Local School Council Advisory Board (LSCAB)

Below is the spoken statement and the supplemental handout materials provided to the CPS Board of Education on November 20, 2019, by Marguerite Baran, elected parent representative of the Hitch Elementary LSC as well as the elected representative for the Northwest Region for the Local School Council Advisory Board, or LSCAB. Continue reading

RYH Statement at the November 2019 CPS Board of Education Meeting

RYH spoke at and live tweeted the November 20, 2019 monthly meeting of the mayor appointed CPS Board of Education meeting. Our statement is below. You can also find the statement from Maguerite Baran, parent rep on the Hitch ES LSC as well as elected rep for the Northwest Region for the Local School Council Advisory Board, or LSCAB, here. You can find video of the full meeting here on the CPS YouTube channel where the meeting is now live streamed. The strike make up days were approved. Find the revised CPS calendar here. Please note that December's meeting of the CPS BOE has been changed to Wed, Dec 11, 5pm, Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer. On this same day, there will be a BOE Workforce Committee hearing on teacher recruitment and development and on how to hire 3,000 teachers of color. Board member Todd-Breland said it will be an informational meeting. Keep your eye on the CPS Board of Ed website for details. ACTION ALERT: At the CPS Board of Ed website, you can find links to provide feedback on upcoming CPS policy and rule changes (direct link) and to provide feedback on the CPS School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) (direct link).   Continue reading

RYH work featured in the Anarchitectural Library

RYH is really proud to be a part of the Anarchitectural Library exhibit which is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial! From Toronto based artists Adrian Blackwell and Christopher Mendoza: We would like to invite your organization to participate in this small reference library within the Chicago Cultural Center, which will document activism against the neoliberal erasure of Chicago’s common spaces: its housing, schools, manufacturing districts, and metabolic circuits—clean air, water, food security and park spaces—as well as spaces which are literally removing people from city spaces—such as prisons, police stations and immigrant detention centers. We are asking organizations like yours, who are actively resisting these erasures, to submit print materials you have made, as well as a short list of books or other resources that are useful to your understanding of the issues you organize around, which we could then acquire for the library and donate back to you at the end of the exhibition. Specifically, we would really appreciate your contribution to the section on the erasure of schools. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 11.7.19: Strike make up days announced; Hearings scheduled for Tues, Nov 12

CPS announced the five proposed make up days for the 11 day CTU/SEIU strikes: Wed, Nov 27; Th, Jan 2; Fri, Jan 3; Wed, June 17; and Th, June 18.  Please note that these are proposed make up days. The CPS Board of Education (CPS BOE) must vote to approve these days. You have two opportunities to express your opinion before the CPS BOE vote:  1️⃣ There will be a hearing on the revised calendar and budget on Tues, Nov 12, 2019: 4-6pm (in person sign up to speak: 3-4pm); 6:30-8:30pm (in person sign up to speak: 5:30-6:30pm) ; CPS, 42 W. Madison. Here are the details on these hearings. Speakers have 2 min to speak. 2️⃣ The calendar and budget revisions require approval from the mayor appointed CPS BOE. The next CPS BOE meeting is Wed, Nov 20, at 10:30am. Online sign up to speak or attend this meeting begins on Mon, Nov 18, at www.cpsboe.org, 10:30am sharp. Continue reading

RYH Statements at the #CTUSEIUStrike Rally at Lincoln Yards

On October 29, CPS mom and Raise Your Hand board member, Andrea Tolzmann, spoke at the #CTUSEIUStrike rally at the Hide Out, across the street from Fleet Fields, the soccer fields on the Lincoln Yards site. Huu Nguyen, CPS parent, RYH parent leader, and Illinois Families for Public Schools board member, also spoke. You can read both statements below. Watch video of the speeches here.  Continue reading