The Weekly Ed Update- 9.21.17: RYH files complaint with AG to force CPS to comply with facilities law

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RYH files complaint with AG to force CPS to comply with facilities law 

Raise Your Hand filed a complaint with the Attorney General today to force CPS to comply with the facilities law that requires them to publish a space utilization report by December 31st of each year to show the utilization rate (based on their space use formula) and enrollment for each school.  CPS is currently 264 days late with meeting this obligation, and RYH has made repeated requests for the data via board meetings and social media, even doing a FOIA request in June of this year. Read more about our complaint here.

Backpack Full of Cash screening in Oak Park a week from Saturday

Tickets for the 9/30 screening are selling fast. Make sure to buy one in advance of the screening. We’ve been getting a lot of requests to host more of these and are working on a south and north side screening for late fall/early winter.

Ed tech: How is it being used in your school?

Raise Your Hand is working on an ed tech and data privacy forum for Thursday, 10/26, at 7:00pm at Haas Park. We want to get your feedback on how ed tech is being used at your kid’s school. Is technology being used to enhance learning and promote critical thinking, or do you feel like there are a lot of products more connected to test prep and skill/drill use? How do these products work, and what kind of info is being collected about your child?  Take our ed tech survey today, and tell us what you know and what you want to know: Ed tech Survey

EdSurge: Why the State Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster

Want to know more about tax credit scholarships aka neovouchers?

Some great info here on the history on the tax credit/neovoucher program that the General Assembly weaved into the school funding bill recently:

ChalkBeat: The rise of tax credits: How Arizona created an alternate to school vouchers- and why they’re spreading

Diane Ravitch’s blog: Illinois: ALEC Slipped Vouchers into a Blue State School Funding Bill


⟹ Sign-up to speak or attend the unelected Chicago Board of Ed Meeting

This Monday, Sept 25, 10:30am

Unelected CPS BOE meeting: Wednesday, Sept 27, 10:30am, 42 W. Madison

⟹ Backpack Full of Cash screening

Saturday, Sept 30, 10am

Doors open at 9:30; Introductory remarks at 9:50

Lake Theater, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park IL 60301

Buy your tickets online if possible to help us with day-of logistics!

⟹ DePaul College of Education Fall Forum

Racial Segregation And Racial Justice In Chicago Schools Today

Tuesday, Oct 17, 5:30-8:30pm

DePaul Student Center (Lincoln Park) 120B, 2250 N Sheffield Ave

“Our fall forum will look at the status and impact of racial segregation in Chicago schools in the context of our current national discussion of race and policy. While the focus is on Chicago, the lessons are applicable to other communities as well.”

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