The Weekly Ed Update- 5.5.17

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Schools will stay open, but how will this be achieved?

The Mayor announced last week that schools won’t close on June 1st despite funding from the state not coming through at this time. Now the big question is, how will CPS come up with the money to keep the doors open?  Will there be more cuts and/or borrowing, or will there be funding appropriated to CPS without further harming our schools and adding unnecessary debt to the CPS budget?

On Chicago Tonight, Mayor Emanuel said the public should not worry about the details about how schools will stay open and leave it up to him. But the public should be concerned about the methods used to deal with the deficit. Our schools can’t take any more cuts, and borrowing only exacerbates the problem in the long term. We need revenue!

WTTW: How Will the City Pay For Schools to Stay Open?

The mayor postponed City Hall briefings on CPS this week

CPS was supposed to share info about their finances in a closed-door meeting to aldermen, but the Mayor postponed this briefing and says it will happen next week. What’s the rush? 

Sun-TimesRahm Emanuel postpones briefings on CPS rescue

Chicago ReporterEmanuel’s mixed messages on schools show lack of credibility

Save the date: June 8th RYH Pass the Torch & Fund our Future Party

Old Irving Brewery, 4419 W. Montrose, 7-10pm

RYH will see new leadership at the start of next school year. Join us as we say thanks to Wendy Katten, celebrate the new leadership at RYH and raise funds to keep us moving forward. We’ll share info on how to purchase tickets next week.

UPDATE: You can buy tickets here! We look forward to seeing you!

In other news

WBEZ: US Poet Laureate wraps up project with Chicago students

New York TimesNever Mind the Students; Homework Divides Parents

New York TimesThe Broken Promises of Choice in New York City Schools. CPS cited NYC as a successful model for its new Common Application for high schools approved at the Board of Ed last week.

WTTW: Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Sentenced to 4 1/2 Years


⟹ Saturday May 6

Canvass for an Elected School Board in Chicago
10am - 3pm
Resurrection Lutheran Church
3309 N Seminary Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
RSVP on the Facebook event page here

⟹ Tuesday May 16

RYH Action Springfield In-Person Advocacy Day
Visit Springfield with our sister org!  This is the most effective way to have your voice heard on critical issues impacting our schools. RSVP here.

⟹ Wednesday May 17

IL Humanities Council’s Continuing Ed series
Our School II - What the city’s done, what it can do
6:30 - 8pm
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
More info and register here

⟹ 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