Parents are learning of potential disastrous budget cuts coming for the 2016-17 school year. Below are links to resources that we've developed over the past year to help you understand how we got into this situation and to give you advocacy tools and ideas.Read more
There were many great speakers at the January unelected BOE meeting. We are posting three statements below.
Raise Your Hand Board Member and CPS Parent Jennie Biggs handed in the attached document which includes comments made by people who signed our Cancel $60M "Obama Prep" Selective Enrollment High School petition. Since the Aramark food service contract was up for renewal, she also handed in a packet which included CPS high school students questioning the quality of the food they are served.Read more
Raise Your Hand maintains that current per pupil funding levels are inadequate to provide a high-quality, well-rounded school day in an equitable manner across the city of Chicago. We are providing suggestions for the Board of Education to help put dollars back into the classroom where they are most needed. These suggestions combine a mix of cuts to Central Office and citywide offices and revenue suggestions for the local and state level. View the Memo
View an interactive map of where charter schools opened last year in Chicago, and the negative impact it had on neighborhood high schools here.
This is the research bibliography that RYH members have compiled as part of our research project on a high-quality education.Read more
Pending Vote for Opening 31 New Charters Likely to Have Devastating Impact on Many Chicago Public SchoolsRead more
Parent Group, Raise Your Hand Blasts CPS for Budget Priorities – Cuts Disproportionately Hit District Run Schools while Charter and Central Office Spending Increases
In addition to the 67 (actually 68) elementary schools that lost an art position and the 42 high schools that lost 86 English positions, today we’re taking note of elementary and high schools that had to cut librarian positions.Read more
7 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?Read more