The ISBE Inquiry Letter: Deciphered for Parents

UPDATE: Now translated into Spanish: En Español (jpg 1, jpg 2); En Español(pdf). On Friday, November 9, the IL State Board of Ed (ISBE) finally released a letter to CPS parents and staff regarding the ISBE investigation into CPS special education practices and policies. Many schools still haven't shared the ISBE letter, and it is not that parent friendly. RYH volunteer, Terri Smith, wrote a great fact sheet explaining why the ISBE Inquiry happened and containing many relevant links. It is an improved version of the CPS letter that went out so that parents can actually understand what happened. Continue reading

Parent Statements - ISBE Meeting, 11.16.18

On Friday, November 16, 2018, the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) held a meeting in Chicago. You can find a thread of live tweets here and many more tweets on our Twitter page here.  Below are two statements from parents: one is a Chicago parent speaking about the ISBE inquiry into CPS special education and the other is a Downers Grove mom speaking about the new ISBE school ratings system.  Continue reading

Questions for CPS on student data, personalized learning, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

RYH has been trying to get answers about the new grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative since it was announced this past May. On October 4th, we sent Chicago Public Schools Director of Public Policy Frank Bilecki a list of questions. We don't have answers yet but you can read the questions below. Continue reading

3 Quick Things: CPS ARA, RYH Survey & Backpack Film

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What are these ARA meetings? Should I go?

Chicago Public Schools has a new report called the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). There are meetings to present this report to people in various regions of Chicago. You can go and see how CPS is talking about our schools. UPDATE 3.23.2019: CPS shared their Notes from the meetings with us. You can find links to the Notes shared with us via this pdf. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 11.2.18: New CPS data breach impacts 70,000; Plus, school ratings madness

After a temporary CPS employee was fired, she downloaded a database containing names, employee ID numbers, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates, criminal histories and any records associating individuals with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Parents who were in the process of the CPS background check and school volunteer approval process and many CPS employees are saying they received an email last night from CPS indicating their data was downloaded by the former employee. CBS 2: Fired CPS Employee Steals Personal Data Of 70,000 People, Charged With Multiple Felonies Continue reading

RYH Survey: Fall 2018

We want to hear from YOU! How's it going at your school(s)? How are we doing? What issues matter to you more than others? Continue reading

Resources from our Empowering Southside LSCs Workshops

Thanks to an Acting Up Award from Chicago Community Trust, we hosted two workshops: Empowering Southside LSCs! The first was on September 30 at the Washington Park Refectory and the second was on October 13 at Ellis Park. What a powerful time we had! Below are all of the resources from both workshops and some pictures. Thanks to all who were able to attend! #ChiTrustActingUp      #OnTheTable2018      #LSCPower Continue reading

RYH Supports A City Council Hearing on CPS Sexual Abuse

Since the Chicago Tribune uncovered the rampant sexual abuse cases in CPS, the district has taken steps to address glaring deficiencies in policies and procedures found by Maggie Hickey who was hired by CPS to do a thorough review of the district’s handling of sexual misconduct in schools and make policy recommendations. Continue reading