View an interactive map of where charter schools opened last year in Chicago, and the negative impact it had on neighborhood high schools here.
We have a lot of concerns about the process used to select new members of the Board of Education. Mayor Emanuel, on his recent election, pledged to be a listener, a collaborator with the community. What happened to that promise? There has been no explanation of who these new CPS Board members are, why they were chosen, and what specific education expertise they would bring to the table.Read more
7 parents testified this month about the need for CPS to invest in district run schools. CPS just recieved proposals to open another 9 charters with 32 campuses. Jennie Biggs of RYH shared our infographic showing there are over 12k empty seats in existing charter schools. Given the budget crisis and enrollment decline at our district, we find it financially irresponsible to keep opening more schools.Read more
Pending Vote for Opening 31 New Charters Likely to Have Devastating Impact on Many Chicago Public SchoolsRead more
Raise Your Hand had the opportunity to meet and discuss the CPS budget with Tim Cawley, Chief Administrative Officer of CPS on 9/12/13. Mike Rendina, Chief of Public Affairs, was also in attendance Our goal was to discuss CPS’ budget priorities and inquire why traditional schools received a disproportionate cut of over $100 million in this budget while charters received an increase of $80 million this year.Read more