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CPS plans to borrow more money to fill budget hole
The Mayor will finally brief aldermen today on how he plans to get CPS through the rest of the school year given the district has a deficit of $129M and the state owes CPS $467M in late payments. Unfortunately, media is reporting that the plan is mainly to borrow more money. We’re glad there won’t be any more cuts to schools this year, but borrowing isn’t a sustainable solution. As we’ve been saying for years, we need a sustainable revenue stream from the state and city.
RYH Action delivers letter from 34 legislators telling Gov Rauner to say no to the Trump/DeVos agenda on vouchers
Our sister-org, RYH Action, joined with 20 community and advocacy organizations to work with legislators to sign a letter to Governor Rauner to keep school vouchers out of IL. On Tuesday, students and parents delivered that letter to Governor Rauner’s Springfield office. You can read about it hereand view some pictures of the RYHAction advocacy day here.
State funding-formula bill passes Senate but Rauner says he’ll veto it because CPS gets too much money
There’s a big push in Springfield to fix the formula in how schools are funded. One of the bills, SB1, passed the Senate this week. Governor Rauner has already vowed to veto this bill if it passes the House because he thinks CPS gets too much money in the bill.
State Journal-Register: Rauner aide: Democrats’ school funding plan a CPS "bailout"
RYH supports fixing the formula, but there has to be increased revenue added to the pot of school funding so that schools in IL have more equitable and adequate resources. Fixing the formula without adding money to it will still leave IL last in the nation in terms of the state share of covering education funding.
New student data privacy toolkit for parents released
Two national groups RYH has worked with, Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, released a toolkit this week to help parents navigate student privacy in an era of big data and ed tech. You can download the toolkit here. The kit has information about parent and student legal rights, tips for navigating school and software company policies on data privacy, sample forms parents might need when interacting with school districts and advice for advocacy on privacy issues. You can participate in a webinar on the toolkit on Tues. May 23rd at 7pmCDT. Sign up here.
Education Week: New Student Data Privacy Toolkit Encourages Parent Advocacy
In other news
Washington Post: Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of choice. The Trump/DeVos proposed federal ed budget moves to cut funding by $10.6B and divert millions to “school choice” programs.
⟹ Monday May 22
Parents and Teachers Driving Testing Policy series
Session 1: Assessing special education students
6:30 - 8:30pm
Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll
Raise Your Hand is collaborating with Fair Test and CTU on a series of community discussions on improving education and assessment policy in Chicago and Illinois. The first session will focus on special education. More info here. RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
⟹ Wednesday May 24
Chicago Board of Education meeting, 10:30am. Online registration begins Monday May 22 at 10:30 AM
Raise Your Hand’s Founder and long-time Executive Director, Wendy Katten, is passing the torch to new leadership! Join us to celebrate and recognize Wendy’s work, welcome our new leadership and raise funds to support RYH’s mission well into the future.