The Weekly Ed Update- 4.21.17

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Parents still want to know when the CPS school year will end?!

There were conflicting reports in the media this week as Chicago Tonight reported that mayoral sources said that school will stay open until June 20th, and that the city would rely on more cuts and borrowing to keep schools open.

WTTW’s Chicago TonightCity Planning Emergency Bailout to Keep CPS Schools Open

However, the next day press reported that CPS is still saying that the last day of school rests on whether CPS wins their lawsuit against the state, and that ruling will occur on April 28th.

WBEZ: Decision On Closing Chicago Public Schools Early Rests On April 28 Court Ruling

Raise Your Hand joined multiple council members and community organizations at City Council on Wednesday to again push for revenue solutions rather than cuts and borrowing, or ending school three weeks early. A special thanks to parent leader Kate Duva, who spoke at the press conference on behalf of Raise Your Hand.

Sun-TimesAldermen vent at CPS as June 1 closing date draws closer

Note: Parents have also been asking us when the CPS calendar for 2017-2018 will be out. There’s been no official CPS statement, but Chief Ed Officer Dr. Janice Jackson tweeted to a parent that they are trying to “get it out this month.”

Before attending the press conference on Wednesday we, along with many other organizations, delivered a letter to Senate President John Cullerton asking why he refuses to call the elected school board bill when roughly 90% of his constituents and voters across the city support this measure. You can read the letter we delivered here.

WTTW’s Chicago Tonight: Chicago Activists Call For Action on Elected School Board Bill

Two new charter school studies shine light on more fraud and waste

Business InsiderAn alarming study links fraud in the Enron scandal to similar practices at charter schools

Roosevelt University: Report by Roosevelt University Professor on Chicago Schools Links CPS Financial Crisis to Charter Schools. Among the findings: the majority (62%) of charters opened since 2015 were located in areas of high school-aged population loss (-25% or more).

In other news

The Boston GlobeR.I. drops unpopular standardized test. Now only five states and DC are using PARCC.

DNAinfoStudents, Parents Rally For Special Ed Teacher Facing 'Political' Firing You can read our statement calling for Saucedo teacher Sarah Chambers to be reinstated here.

WTTW’s Chicago TonightTeachers Claim CPS ‘Harassing’ Members Over Sick Leave

The AtlanticHow School Choice Turns Education Into a Commodity

Upcoming events


⟹ Wednesday, April 26

Chicago Board of Education meeting, 10:30am. Online registration begins Monday Apr 24 at 10:30 AM

⟹ Tuesday, May 2

DePaul University College Of Education’s Spring Education Issues Forum:

Advancing Democracy and Justice in Public Education in the Trump/DeVos Era

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Kumashiro, former Dean, University of San Francisco, School of Education

5:30 to 8:30 PM
DePaul University Student Center Room 314
2250 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Please register online here

⟹ Tuesday, May 16

Our sister org Raise Your Hand Action will head to Springfield for an in-person advocacy day. Save the date and email RYH Action for more info and to RSVP.