Improving Nursing Care in Chicago Public Schools: Creative and Meaningful Solutions Left on the Table

This RYH research report and summary of several meetings with CPS, entitled Improving Nursing Care in Chicago Public Schools: Creative and Meaningful Solutions Left on the Table, was delivered to CPS at the February 2019 monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education. You can find the full report here- it is downloadable, printable, and contains links to resources.   Continue reading

High School Application and Placement for Chicago Public School Students with Disabilities: A Research Report from RYH

An education consultant, Lara Pruitt, whose children recently graduated from CPS, noticed the tremendous amount of concern, frustration and anger expressed by CPS parents about the lack of information and support provided to parents of students with disabilities on the critical transition to high school. She reached out to RYH in September 2018 to ask if we might form a volunteer group to research the issue and unearth current problems as well as potential solutions.   RYH assembled a task force including a number of CPS parents with children who have disabilities and education researcher Dr. Federico Waitoller, associate professor of special education at UIC. This report was delivered to CPS at the January 2019 monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education.  Continue reading

Budget Cut Impacts 2016

The below infographic was published by RYH in May 2016. It reflects the reality of budget cuts at our schools. Continue reading

Spreading Resources Too Thin 2014

Infographic on school expansion showing CPS opened 21,281 new seats from Fall 2012 - Fall 2014. This was shared with the unelected BOE in July 2014. Printable version of Infographic here. Continue reading

Guide to Talking About High-Quality Education

In 2013, RYH parents embarked on an ambitious research project studying what education experts say is important for schools and school systems to be successful. In 2014, we summarized our findings in a handy parent guide, A Guide to Talking About High-Quality Education: What do all kids need for strong schools? When the guide was released, we hosted a Saturday morning event where Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland, addressed parents, teachers and community members in Chicago. Continue reading

Tax Credit Scholarships: What you need to know

A proposal to start a tax credit scholarship program is on the table in negotiations to resolve the school funding crisis in the wake of Governor Rauner's amendatory veto. Here's what you need to know about tax credit scholarships. Continue reading

Testing update 2017

State and district testing are still in flux, two years after Illniois began using PARCC. Although CPS has not revealed much about its plans, we've put together our research into a list of questions about the present and future state of standardized testing in CPS and Illinois. Continue reading

State education funding in Illinois

Illinois is not a poor state We have the 5th highest gross state product in the nation. How can a state with this much wealth be last in what we contribute to education funding? Continue reading

Facts about school vouchers

The pro-voucher position believes that schools should compete for students or risk going out of business. This may work for markets, but it has no place in education as those that support it do not factor in that it is highly disruptive to formative education to regularly switch (choose) a new school. Continue reading

RYH new Infographic on Subpar Clinician Positions at CPS

Click here to download the infographic as a PDF