The Weekly Ed Update- 10.6.17: Amended CPS Budget Hearings Next Week!

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Join us for a forum on ed tech and student data privacy on Oct 26th!

We’re excited to host our first forum of the school year on the use of ed tech in our schools, The Promise and Pitfalls of Ed Tech: What Parents Need to Know.What is high-quality ed tech versus skill-drill usage of tech products? What student data is being collected and who is it shared with? What can we do to protect our kid’s privacy? What does tech usage look like in high-quality education?

We have expert Rachael Stickland of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacycoming in from Colorado. She'll be joined by a CPS teacher at Coonley Elementary and former president of the Illinois Computing Educators, Nicole Zumpano; RYH board member Eric Reyes, who is a CPS parent and staff at YOUmedia; and more.

Join us at Haas Park on Thursday, October 26. We’ll be serving pizza at 6:30pm and the great panel will educate us and answer our questions from 7pm-8:30pm


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Also, have you taken our ed tech survey yet? You can help us make this forum as relevant and useful as possible by letting us know what you know and what you want to know about ed tech!

School funding update & upcoming amended CPS budget hearings

CPS announced this week that they plan to revise their budget to include a $37M increase to charters that is due to the state funding bill that passed.

Sun-TimesCPS revises budget, owes its charter schools another $37 million

But, it’s important to note that state legislators are already saying they might not be able to appropriate the $350M in new funding to schools that is part of the new IL school funding bill.

Illinois News NetworkIllinois Democrats’ bill could end new school scholarship plan.

It’s possible that CPS won’t get all of the funding promised for this year. What is the plan to rebuild and restore funding at schools that have been decimated across CPS? Springfield needs to come through with the funding they signed off on, and the city of Chicago should find local revenue to address massive shortfalls across the district.

Please consider attending and/or speaking at one of Tuesday's CPS amended budget hearings at CPS, 42 W. Madison:
Tuesday, October 10
10:30am Truth in Taxation Hearing; Registration: 9:00am - 10:00am
12:00 - 1:30 pm Amended Budget Hearing; Registration: 11:00am - 12:00pm
2:00 - 3:30 pm  Amended Budget Hearing; Registration: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

CPS released their Draft Guidelines for School Actions last Friday

CPS has released guidelines for their next round of school actions. You can find the Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2017-2018 School Year here. Public comment on these guidelines can be submitted via email to The public comment period closes at 5:00pm on October 20.

Sun-TimesCPS announces rules it could use to close or merge schools in June

It’s important to pay attention to these Draft Guidelines for School Actions. On December 1, 2017, CPS will announce any school actions they intend to take for the 2018-19 school year. We interpret the 5 year moratorium on school closures to end the day before the 2018-19 school year starts so we might be looking at a (long?) list of school actions on December 1, 2017. We at RYH are working on our own public comments on the Draft Guidelines and we are keeping our ears to the ground on this issue.


CPS floats the idea of closing four elementary schools in Austin

Sun-TimesMany in Austin oppose any more school closings- even for a new school

Note: CPS closed four elementary schools in Austin in 2013 and then opened two charter schools (Horizon and Moving Everest). Now they are floating the idea of building another new school at the expense of closing four existing schools? CPS desperately needs a facilities plan to bring stability to schools and communities. They are treating schools like pop-up stores in our lowest income neighborhoods in the city.

In other news

Chicago TribuneFoes of charter school proposal host documentary screening in Oak Park

WBEZ: In Rare Departure, CPS Neighborhood School Wins Top National Award

DNAInfo Chicago: ‘Little South Side School’ In Pullman Wins National Award

DNAInfo ChicagoControversial Charter High School Opens In Brighton Park To Fanfare

Chicago Public Fools blog: Looking behind the curtain of school choice, again

BGA: New School Choice Plan Could Cost State More Than $12,000 A Student

Appointed State Charter Commission Strikes again and overrides local, elected school board! 
Daily Herald
Despite funding concerns, state panel OKs Elgin charter school

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