Mayor Lightfoot and CPS announced yesterday that they will “...begin a community process to identify potential opportunities to further strengthen school funding.” They created a School Funding Working Group and will be convening public meetings in January and February 2020 so you can offer your thoughts and ideas on the way CPS funds its schools. Check out these articles from Chalkbeat Chicago to learn more:
Announcement, Working Group members, and public meeting schedule: Here’s who will be leading Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s charge to reexamine Chicago school budgeting
Background piece on the issue: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to spend more money on students in need. Could change be imminent?
And definitely related to Student Based Budgeting… class size: As Chicago’s class size crackdown begins, schools that are ‘overenrolled by choice’ could face admissions changesRead 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
On Monday, Mayor Lightfoot officially appointed the new CPS Board of Education: Miguel del Valle (president), Sendhil Revuluri (vice president), Luisiana Melendez, Amy Rome, Lucino Sotelo, Elizabeth Todd-Breland, and Dwayne Truss.
We are pleased by the appointment of Dwayne Truss, former vice president of the RYH board. He played an instrumental role in shaping our organization and is a phenomenal human and advocate for public schools. Read this from Austin Talks to learn more about Dwayne: Austin Resident Dwayne Truss appointed to the Chicago Board of Education.Read more
It’s almost CPS Spring Break! We have a bunch of stuff to share with you before CPS students are out of school for a week. Happy reading...Read more
In a historic election, Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor on April 2. For now, the mayor still controls the school system. On September 5, 2018, we released this statement: Rahm’s not running- What does that mean for the public schools? In it, we reflect on our time with Rahm and we list the ed policies we have deep concerns about. We stand by this list and look forward to Mayor Lightfoot using it as she works with all stakeholders - students, parents, educators, and community members -- to reimagine Chicago Public Schools. More on what parents want from our new mayor, here.
Chalkbeat Chicago: Lori Lightfoot is Chicago’s next mayor — which means big changes are coming to schools and check this out: Letters to Lori Lightfoot: Tell Chicago’s mayor-elect about your schoolRead more
Generation All Archived Resources... Under Construction
Generation All, one of our ally organizations, has closed as of March 31, 2019. For more information, please read their farewell letter here. Generation All’s work focused on elevating Chicago’s neighborhood high schools, and they advocated for many of the same education reforms that Raise Your Hand supports. Generation All created many resources that are valuable to education advocacy in Chicago; while Generation All as an organization is closing, we want to ensure that these resources remain accessible. So, we are excited to host these resources on our own website to help keep this work going!
The Generation All Action Plan: Strong Neighborhood High Schools For A Stronger Chicago, April 2016, #GenAllPlan
Generation All Plan Released, Citywide Movement Launched, April 13, 2016
- Will a single application for high schools help expand equity in Chicago Public Schools?, February 1, 2017
- Amundsen, Hope, and Kelvyn Park: A Cross-Section of Chicago’s Neighborhood High Schools and their Communities, December 2016
- Quality Education for All: What the Research Tells Us; Report of a Literature Search for Generation All, November 2014
- Selected Reports and Resources from the Gen All Research Library
Notable Generation All Media Mentions, April 2016 - December 2018
Highlights from the Generation All blog
- Intern Reflections: From Chicago neighborhood high school students to local Chicago college students, read high school experience reflections from Gen All interns over the years.
Recaps of events- Thorough accounts of Gen All events with pictures, links to media and more resources.
Speaker Series- Summaries (Video links coming soon!)
- Dr. Pedro Noguera: 'Deeper Learning' in High Schools is Challenging, but Possible, April 2015
- Dr. Rebecca E. Wolfe: January 14 Speaker Series Presentation, Rebecca E. Wolfe, Student Voice and Choice Necessary for Deeper Learning, January 14, 2015
- Dr. Warren Simmons: December 3 Speaker Series Presentation: Warren Simmons, School Reform Doomed Without District, Community Support, December 3, 2014
Public statements and comments on CPS policies and practices
- Gen All CPS BOE Statement, CPS Facilities & Capital Planning, July 2018
- Gen All Comments on CPS Draft School Actions Guidelines 2017-18, October 2017
- An Open Letter to CPS on the Single Application for High School (GoCPS), July 2017
- CPS Single Application (GoCPS) FAQs, July 2017
- Gen All Near South HS Statement, July 2017
- Other noteworthy Gen All blog posts:
- Schools for Racial Equity Summit, August 2018
- Perception vs. Reality at Kelly High School, August 8, 2017, a student's perspective
- GenAll 4 Ways Neighborhood Public Schools Improve Communities, July 14, 2017
- Generation All Steering Committee Member Patrick Brosnan: 'CPS Strike Averted- Can We Have Our Social Workers and Librarians Back?', OpEd in Crain's Chicago Business, October 11, 2016
- GenAll Catalyst OpEd: Real School Choice Requires Investment in Strong Neighborhood High Schools, February 2016
- Generation All Helps Convene Meeting About The Future of Work, Life, and Education, November 2015
- Generation All Reaches Out to Community through Focus Groups, August 2015
- Home-Grown Solutions for Student Motivation, summary of a May 21, 2015 forum hosted by Catalyst Chicago and The School Project, Beatriz Ponce de León, executive director of Generation All, spoke as a panelist at the event
- Welcome to Generation All, September 26, 2014
- Generation All on Twitter
- Generation All on Facebook
- Generation All on YouTube Coming Soon... Videos found on Gen All YouTube channel will be uploaded to the RYH YouTube Channel and become a "Generation All Playlist."
- Generation All on SoundCloud
This Week in Ed 1.25.19: RYH Research Report Details Barriers to HS Access for CPS Students with Disabilities
On Wednesday, we delivered a report entitled, “High School Application and Placement for Chicago Public Schools Students with Disabilities” to the unelected CPS BOE. This 18 page report shows major barriers to CPS HS access for the most vulnerable students. For example, 31% of high schools have a minimum NWEA score requirement to apply.Read more
RYH Presents Report on HS Application & Placement for CPS Students with Disabilities to the BOE, 1.23.19
At the January 2019 monthly meeting of the unelected CPS Board of Education, Raise Your Hand presented a report entitled, "High School Application and Placement for Chicago Public School Students with Disabilities." You can find a summary of the report here as well as a link to the full 18 page report.
Below are the three prepared RYH testimonies given to the BOE to present the report and to explain its findings, including recommendations for the CPS district, CPS Elementary and High Schools, and CPS Parents of Students with Disabilities.Read more
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.Read more
This Week in Ed 10.12.18: Ongoing Nursing disaster at CPS; LSC workshop tomorrow; New state test for IL and more!
Raise Your Hand had a second meeting with a group of parents, the head of Special Ed and the Chief Operating Officer to discuss major nursing compliance issues at the district. Many students are put in unsafe situations due to lack of coverage, untrained nurses from temp agencies, and lack of continuity of care.Read more