The Weekly Ed Update- 3.17.17

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Elected School Board Bill Moving Again in Springfield

Our sister org Raise Your Hand Action was in Springfield this week, and Wendy Katten testified before a House Education committee in support of the elected school board bill, which has been resurrected after passing in the House last year and being ignored in the Senate, where it died. CPS was in Springfield to oppose the bill, but it passed out of committee 18-1 and moves to the full House floor next. This bill will likely pass in the House and faces challenges again in the Senate.

Sun-TimesElected school board bill passes committee despite CPS opposition

Keep updated on this bill and other education legislation by signing up for alerts from Raise Your Hand Action.

There’s also one more RYH Action Legislative Update Session tomorrow 3/18 at 1pm on the NW side; RSVP for location and details.

CPS’ testimony on this bill referred to a recent New York Times column by David Leonhardt. Here’s RYH board member Chris Ball’s take on that column: New York Times Columnist Exaggerates Mayor’s Record

Trump’s education budget is terrible for public schools

As expected, Trump’s proposed education budget cut funding for things like after-school programs, teacher training, college readiness programs for low-income students, and much more while increasing funding by $1.4 billion for “school choice” initiatives, including $250 million for private school vouchers and $1 billion for a form of student-based budgeting in public schools.

Washington PostTrump budget casualty: After-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor.
The AtlanticTrump's Education Budget Revealed

You can send a letter to your US rep and senators via Network for Public Education to reject this education budget: “Do not slash funding for disadvantaged students to fund school privatization

Sign Action Now’s Petition: Save CPS Clerks

CPS is now having teachers do their own payroll using a new system called Kronos, and there’s much speculation that CPS plans to cut many clerks this year to save money. As we all know, clerks are critical to the well-being of a school building, and many CPS schools don’t have enough administrative coverage as is.

Sign and share petition here.

WTTW’s Chicago TonightChicago Teachers Calling on CPS to Save its Clerks

PARCC testing update

We’re still hearing that a lot of schools are giving parents and students misleading information about PARCC and opt out. Here again are some key facts:

If there are difficulties and confusion around opt out/refusal at your school, please let us know at or via 413-OPTOUT.

Our Testing Toolkit 2016-17


A few stories featured this week in our Tumblr!

Kellogg & Green Elementary teachers surprised with flowers from Miss Illinois United States

Motivate and Encourage Music Appreciation expands to Langford Elementary

Davis Elementary Students Advocate for More Funding at City Hall

Orr High School, Class 2A Men’s Basketball State Champs!

In Other News

Sun-TimesLong before Chance’s $1 million, CPS had a fundraising arm

WBEZ: What You Need to Know About Illinois’ Replacement For No Child Left Behind Law

Washington PostTeacher: What school ‘choice’ looks like from my classroom

Sun-TimesAnother top Forrest Claypool aide is out over CPS residency rule

DNAInfo ChicagoUnion Tells Teachers: Protest Cuts By Refusing to Work Extra Hours

WBEZ: Illinois Board of Education Approves Replacement For No Child Left Behind

DNAInfo Chicago:Rogers Park Charter Seeks to Add 100 High Schoolers Over Next Few Years

Upcoming Events

Perceptions v. Reality: What to Consider When Choosing a CPS High School
We are teaming up with Generation All for this event!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Wells High School
936 N Ashland

Facebook event page here
Please register if you plan to attend here.
See the flyer here.


Separate But Unequal? School Funding in Illinois
A BGA Idea Forum

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:30- 8:00pm
Roosevelt University
Ganz Hall
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration is required