No School Thursday, October 17, for CPS

Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools classes canceled Thursday in anticipation of teachers strike Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools chief Janice Jackson announced all Chicago Public Schools classes are canceled for Thursday in anticipation of the strike.  Continue reading

1 week 'til Raise a Glass + 2 days 'til (possible) Strike(s)

Possible strike(s) update below. We are one week away from our annual fundraiser, Raise a Glass for RYH! Thanks to all of you who have bought tickets, purchased an ad or sponsorship, and joined The Host Committee! Continue reading

(Possible) Strike(s) starts Thursday + RYH Fundraiser in 11 days + important sped updates!

Our new(ish) Executive Director, Jianan Shi, is celebrating his birthday! Wish him a happy, relaxing birthday weekend by BUYING YOUR Raise a Glass for RYH TICKETS TODAY! 🥳 Continue reading

October 17- Possible Strike Date

Strike Update:  Last night CTU’s House of Delegates set Thursday, October 17 as the possible start of a teachers’ strike. This is the same day that SEIU Local 73 (school district staff) and Chicago Park District workers could start strikes. WBEZ: Chicago Teachers And Two Other Unions Set Strike Date Sun-Times: 35,000 Chicago teachers, school support staff and park district workers set joint strike date As we noted in our email blast sent last week: This does not mean there will definitely be a strike. We urge both sides to take every measure possible to avoid a strike. Continue reading

2019 CTU/SEIU Strike: Resources for Parents + FAQs

-Update, October 31, 1:45pm: STRIKE IS OVER. School tomorrow, Friday, November 1. Five (5) days to be made up. - Update, October 30, 10:20pm: You may need to watch the post- House of Delegates press conferences: CTU ; CPS - Update, October 30, 9:55pm: No school, Thursday, October 31; CPS tweet here - Update, October 30, 9pm: CTU tweet: "We have a tentative agreement, but we do not have a return to work agreement. So we will be at City Hall at 10 a.m. to demand the mayor return our days."   Wednesday, October 30, 6:50PM is this WBEZ article- it's quick; read it. SEIU Local 73 ratified their new contract on October 30, 2019. For updates and updated coverage since October 14, we recommend WBEZ's Live Updates. Strike Activities for Thursday, October 31: Several schools were planning school pickets which involved welcoming families and children for trick or treating. You would need to check in with teachers to see if there will be any picketing at your school before the 10am meet up at City Hall.  CTU is telling all members to meet at City Hall at 10am. We encourage families to support one another during this strike- take turns with child care if possible. Do you have flexibility in your schedule and can care for another parent's children? Reach out and help each other. Continue reading

CTU Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

The votes are in and 94% of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members voted to authorize a strike on September 26, 2019. (Illinois law mandates that 75% of CTU members must vote yes to authorize union leadership to call for a strike.) Continue reading

RYH Statements at the September 2019 CPS Board of Ed Meeting

We spoke at the September 25, 2019, monthly meeting of the unelected CPS Board of Education. Our prepared statements are below. You can watch video at these links: Jennie, Mary, and CEO Janice Jackson's response to both statements here. You can find our live tweets here. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 9.19.19: Upcoming events & Chi education news!

Please join us for any or all of the following events! The Advocate Group is holding a series of Special Education Workshops to help parents determine if their child may be eligible for extra special education services. Please join us! Visit this RYH web page for more details and for downloadable, shareable flyers.  Continue reading

Series of Special Education Workshops hosted by the Advocate Group

The Advocate Group is holding a series of Special Education Workshops to help parents determine if their child may be eligible for extra special education services. Please join us! Continue reading