This was a big week for ed news in Chicago and IL! We urge you to continue to read or carve out some time this weekend to sit back and catch up on all the news.
This afternoon, the draft report entitled “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct against Students in Chicago Public Schools” was released. It was authored by Maggie Hickey who was hired by CPS to review the handling of sexual abuse allegations and to make policy recommendations. You can find the full report in this Chalkbeat Chicago article: Leadership instability atop Chicago schools contributed to mishandling of student sex cases: report.
In a big win for IL students that comes as a result of many parents speaking to their legislators about student data privacy concerns and as a result of Raise Your Hand Action being present in Springfield and meeting with several IL legislators on this issue, the IL House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee will hold a subject-matter hearing on student data privacy on Tues August 7th, 10am, at the Bilandic Building (160 N LaSalle), C-600, 6th floor.Read more
To no one’s surprise, the CPS appointed board unanimously passed their FY 2019 budget Wednesday which includes a $1B capital plan that perpetuates gross inequity throughout the city.Read more
We spoke at the July monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education where the unelected, mayor appointed BOE unanimously approved the FY 2019 operating budget as well as a nearly $1B capital budget. Joy Clendenning, CPS parents and RYH Managing Director, spoke on our behalf. Her statement is below.Read more
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CPS will spend nearly $1B on capital projects as presented in their FY 2019 Capital Plan. CPS will hold simultaneous public hearings for the capital budget from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, July 19, at the following locations (register to speak: 5 - 6 pm):
Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave
Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd
Kennedy King College, U Building, 740 W 63rd St.Read more
CPS released their capital budget on Friday announcing that that they’ll spend nearly $1B on capital projects. Some of this is good news, but we continue to ask, how did they make these decisions on where to spend, and how can we better ensure that CPS is using an equity framework to make decisions about spending?Read more
This Week in Ed 6.29.18: CPS to launch $3M “Office of Student Protection” an hour before the BOE meeting
CPS announced it would open a new 20-person, $3M department to respond to sexual abuse allegations right before the BOE meeting Wednesday. Unfortunately, this came as a surprise to the Inspector General who is supposed to be working in partnership with CPS on this issue. It’s also concerning that the legal department is in charge of launching this department, given the recent revelations that their department was routinely interrogating student victims of sexual abuse without a parent present.Read more
Jennie Biggs, CPS parent and RYH Communications Director, spoke on behalf of RYH at the unelected BOE meeting on June 27, 2018. You can read our statement below.