Another month, another unelected Board of Education meeting. Here's what we had to say.
Jennie Biggs, CPS Parent and RYH Board Member, spoke on behalf of RYH. Here is her statement:
Many LSC members are reporting tears at their meetings this week because they don’t know how their schools will run:
You cut $179M from district run schools this summer.Read more
We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a sister org, RYH Action (501c4), which will be able to do advocacy without limitations, and work on legislation to protect our vital institutions of public education. RYH felt strongly that now more than ever we needed a separate organization to engage in the political process to protect our schools. Check out our website:
Despite CPS claiming that they have made no cuts to the classroom, district schools have been cut by $179 million. The FY2017 budget adds to the pain that chronic underfunding of Chicago’s school system has inflicted. The need for long-term sustainable revenue to fund Chicago and all public schools in Illinois equitably and adequately is more acute than ever.Read more
School budgets are finally out and LSCs will have until 7/22 to approve budgets. While CPS made the announcement that there will be no cuts to classrooms, many schools will, in fact, have to make cuts, due to a roughly 7% cut to student-based budgeting from fall 2016 and lower enrollment projections for many schools, as well as what appears to be a 4% across the board cut to special education funds. Special education positions will no longer be allocated from central office but funds will be rolled into school budgets. And while there was partial relief from Springfield, much of this funding is not sustainable and does not cover a still $300M budget hole that CPS has not yet addressed.Read more
Due to the way CPS shared information about school budgets this year, there's been a lot of confusion about the amount of money cut at individual schools and across the district as a whole. WBEZ and DNAinfo are now reporting that schools lost $140M (despite CPS saying classrooms will be protected) but many schools are telling us that the numbers still don't reflect what was actually lost. It’s important to note that CPS is still short roughly $300M to balance their budget. Budgets are due today, 7/22, so if you want information on the status of your school budget you should contact your school directly or an LSC member. If you know the actual amount lost, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
CPS Draft Update to the Ed Facilities Master Plan and Upcoming Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) Meeting
UPDATED July 11:
Agenda for the meeting is attached.
There's a lot going on as we come to the end of the school year. Please consider attending one or more of the below and use your parent voice!Read more
By crowd sourcing on social media, our parent members have helped us compile a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings hosted by CPS. As of 10:30pm on Thursday, May 19, we here at Raise Your Hand could not locate a list on the CPS website (or find any of these meetings listed in their calendar located on their website) nor could we find a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings on any CPS social media. We will try to update as we receive information. Your best bet to find this information is via your school.Read more
LSC Elections are upon us!
LSC elections happen every two years. Elections are April 13, 2016 for elementary schools and April 14, 2016 for high schools. They coincide with Parent-Teacher Conference Day.
The deadline for applying is 3:00 p.m. at the school you wish to run on March 4, 2016.Read more
CPS is planning to cut $100M from school budgets in the next month.. We'll be sending out daily action items that involve short and long-term sustainable solutions. We need both.
So, what can you do today?Read more