We hope that you & your family are well. A few things we want to highlight at the top of our weekly newsletter:
NEW! Unemployment Assistance
The State of Illinois has expanded its eligibility criteria for its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program to include parents and guardians who have been unable to work due to child care needs. More information can be found here.Read more
We hope that you & your family are well. We are hoping for sun this upcoming long holiday weekend! ☀️ A few things we want to highlight at the top of our weekly newsletter:
- We enjoyed this informative article from Hyde Park Herald about how a CPS Meal Site works as explained by a CPS lunchroom manager. Worth a read: Hundreds of meals distributed every day at Ray School: 'We don't ask questions. We'll just give you whatever you ask for'
- RYH webpage: CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites: Basics + Sites + Delivery Form
- Expanded SNAP benefits (Pandemic EBT or P-EBT) applications available here. Families can participate in both P-EBT & any meal distribution program currently available at their school. Flyers in English & Spanish.
Chicago COVID Resource Finder | Text "covid" to 312-436-2280 to access via phone.Read more
This Week in Ed 1.9.20: CPS Inspector General report released, latest space utilization data, and so many CPS meetings!
Welcome back! 2020 will be a year full of parent advocacy!Read more
At the December 2019 monthly meeting of the CPS Board of Education, five students from Kellogg Elementary spoke about the need for investment in their school's facilities. You can read their statements at the links below. You can watch them speak one after another here, starting at 1:05:00. Kudos to these students for their advocacy! #StudentVoice!Read more
Below is RYH's prepared statement. You can find our live tweets here. CPS now live streams monthly Board of Education meetings on their YouTube channel. You can find video of the fill meeting here, RYH speaks at 57:40. We've posted video of our statement on our YouTube channel here. Press coverage of the meeting is below.Read more
Thank you for your #GivingTuesday support and closing out a strong 2019 with us! Thank you for considering Raise Your Hand in your end of year giving if you have not yet donated. We are looking to bring on more staff in early 2020 to address significant LSC parent rep shortages. If we can raise $2,000 more by the end of the year, we would be able to start right in January. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 😍Read more
By law, CPS must announce any school actions for the following school year by December 1. On November 27, CPS announced the 2020 school actions. One district run school, Hope HS, will close at the end of this school year. Hope HS is one of the high schools in Englewood that CPS is phasing out (Robeson HS closed in June 2018; TEAM Englewood closed in June 2019; Harper HS is phasing out with a scheduled closure date of June 2021.) CPS opened one new high school, Englewood STEM HS, in September 2019.
RYH Executive Director, Jianan Shi, shares his reflection below on this news in context of the public education landscape in Chicago. You can find a list of further reading at the very bottom of this post.Read more
RYH spoke at and live tweeted the November 20, 2019 monthly meeting of the mayor appointed CPS Board of Education meeting. Our statement is below. You can also find the statement from Maguerite Baran, parent rep on the Hitch ES LSC as well as elected rep for the Northwest Region for the Local School Council Advisory Board, or LSCAB, here. You can find video of the full meeting here on the CPS YouTube channel where the meeting is now live streamed. The strike make up days were approved. Find the revised CPS calendar here.
Please note that December's meeting of the CPS BOE has been changed to Wed, Dec 11, 5pm, Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer. On this same day, there will be a BOE Workforce Committee hearing on teacher recruitment and development and on how to hire 3,000 teachers of color. Board member Todd-Breland said it will be an informational meeting. Keep your eye on the CPS Board of Ed website for details.
ACTION ALERT: At the CPS Board of Ed website, you can find links to provide feedback on upcoming CPS policy and rule changes (direct link) and to provide feedback on the CPS School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) (direct link).Read more
In April, we and Grassroots Collaborative filed a lawsuit against the city over their administration of TIFs, specifically the Lincoln Yards MegaTIF. Here's an article from the day of the filing. Our lawsuit is a piece to the TIF reform puzzle. Of course, the city has filed a motion to dismiss our case. Our lawyers (Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights) will be arguing against the dismissal on Wednesday, September 11, at 9am, downtown, Circuit Court at Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. We would love to pack the courtroom that morning! If you can join us, please fill out this Google form. Facebook event page here. So many of you have joined us in TIF reform advocacy and actions throughout the years- you won't want to miss this one!Read more