This Week in Ed 10.28.20: 📣 #CPSTalkToUs | Thanks For Your Support!

Thank you to everyone for a successful Raise A Glass 2020 fundraising campaign! We raised $44,500 dollars, which brings us one step closer to being able to have a part time and full time parent organizer in 2021!!! THANK YOU. 


Vote Yes for Fair Tax!

RYH has consistently called for a progressive income tax for Illinois as a viable revenue source to adequately and more equitably fund public education in Illinois. (See our “Solutions to avoid a  budget crisis in CPS” infographic from Summer 2015 here.) Vote Yes for Fair Tax! Learn more:

Illinois Families for Public Schools has a Fair Tax presentation here

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA): Everything You Need to Know About the "Fair Tax"

Chicago Tribune: Commentary: How a graduated-rate income tax can increase school funding

South Side Weekly: Taxing the Rich for the Public Good | Impuestos a los ricos para el bien público


What Is Your Plan To Vote?

Election Day is Tues, Nov 3 (no school, BTW.) Make a plan to vote. 

Here are two helpful resources from Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC):

Election Day is only two weeks away—make your vote count.

Election Protection — Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


#CPSTalkToUs Events Hosted by Grassroots Education Movement (GEM)

If you missed #CPSTalkToUs on Twitter Monday evening, go check out the tweets here. Over 1300 tweets were sent with this hashtag from 4-5PM. Thanks to everyone who participated! Please share your own questions to CPS regarding their Phased Reopening "plan" and/or remote learning & use the hashtag #CPSTalkToUs. 

CPS should be actively engaging with parents, caregivers, students, educators, and community. RYH tweets came from 16 pages of questions that YOU shared with us via social media & email- thank you!!! Thanks, also, to one of our awesome interns, Jordi, who put all your questions in a doc! And thanks to Jason Tumalan for the wonderful art!

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On Tuesday morning, GEM hosted a press conference with parents and teachers from zip codes with high COVID-19 positivity rates. Read our live tweets here. Press coverage:

WTTW: Parents, Advocates Want Transparency from CPS Before a Return to In-Person Learning

WGN: Chicago Public Schools asks parents to weigh in on district’s reopening plans (Note: This headline is inaccurate.)

Previously... RYH hosted a Remote Learning Town Hall. (We also hosted an event with LSNA in August.) Several other GEM organizations hosted discussions like this as well. Using the input gathered from parents, caregivers, students, educators, and community members, GEM wrote this letter and sent it last week


CPS Board of Ed Meets Today & Other Related News

We are speaking at the CPS BOE meeting today. We will publish our statements here later this morning. The meeting starts at 10:30AM and it is live streamed on the CPS YouTube channel.

Do you have a written comment you want to share with the CPS BOE? Use this Google form. If you have trouble accessing the form your CPS child might be logged into their CPS account on your device- log them off, then proceed again. This form will close Th, Oct 29, 5PM.

Here’s some recent CPS budget news:

Sun-Times: CPS gets TIF windfall, but takes on pension, crossing guard costs in Lightfoot’s 2021 budget

Chalkbeat Chicago: City Hall to shift $55 million in costs onto Chicago Public Schools


Please follow RYH Social Media. We share news & upcoming events daily. Search @ILRaiseYourHand: Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram | Linktree


RYH Local School Council (LSC) Election Resources & News

We’re excited to share our latest toolkits designed to support CPS parents and caregivers, community and school communities through the Local School Council (LSC) election process. The aim is to consolidate useful information for your use. Let us know if you have any questions/suggestions.

Updates from CPS:

  • Press release on LSC Elections, Oct 21: English | Spanish 
  • Email on candidate literature due Th, Oct 29, Noon (this is an optional part of the LSC Elections process): Screenshot

Chalkbeat Chicago: For first time, Chicago’s Local School Council election to include mail-in option | LSC Election Guide


Citywide LSC Letter- Please Share with Your LSC

Our LSC Connection Google group has 600+ LSC members from across the city. The Group has written a Citywide LSC Letter that any LSC can sign. LSC members are asking CPS to freeze enrollment counts from SY20 for schools that experienced an enrollment drop in SY21 as not doing so would negatively impact SY22 school level budgets. 

Please share these links with your LSC and ask them to consider signing on: Letter here | Form to sign on here 


Special Education Upcoming Events & RYH Webpage

RYH SpEd Community Call: Access Living Transition Programs

Mon, Nov 2 | 12-1PM | Register here

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GoCPS High School Application Process

Here is the Link to the GoCPS Eligibility Criteria and Selection Procedures: 2021-2022 School Year (HS Supplemental Guide 2021-2022), where you can find both the criteria for being able to apply for and the criteria used in Acceptance/Selection of students in each of the 318 General Education and Specialty Programs and 68 Cluster Programs. RYH has had repeated discussions with CPS over the last 3 years about how this system discriminates against students with disabilities. A minor change in process is that students in cluster programs can now apply for their preferred schools online rather than paper, though placement still requires final review and approval by ODLSS for eligibility and proximity.  


Remote Learning In The News

Chalkbeat Chicago: Parents weigh reopening decisions as tensions between Chicago leaders and union mount

WBEZ: Chicago Teacher 'Coping With The Frustration” This Fall

Sun-Times: CPS refusing to allow teachers union to inspect schools, bargain over reopening, complaint says

Chicago Tribune (3 articles): CPS reports most weekly COVID-19 cases since pandemic began, but the numbers remain low. Can they stay that way if schools reopen next quarter? | COVID-19 in Illinois schools: State to publish data on outbreaks | Remote learning students' physical, mental health suffering


Worth A Read

Chalkbeat: As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

Chalkbeat Chicago: Homeless students need more than Chromebooks

Sun-Times: Looking back at the Chicago teachers strike a year (and a pandemic) later: Was it worth it?

Block Club Chicago: Here’s How You Can Help West Side Students Access Culturally Diverse Children’s Books

Sun-Times: ‘Horrendously vandalized’ CPS school — shuttered in 2013 — transforming into housing, health center


Upcoming Events 

➡️ Elected Representative School Board Forum

Hosted by Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Wed, Oct 28 | 6-7:30PM | Register here



➡️ People's Budget Chicago Release Party

Hosted by Chicago United for Equity (CUE) & Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC)

Th, Oct 29 | Noon | RSVP & Details HereFacebook Live

Help build the People's Budget here