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Parents continue to speak up about special education at City Council this week and Chance the Rapper also weighs in at the meeting
Parents from RYH joined the #freethefunds coalition to put pressure on the city to release more funds for CPS as City Council votes on a city budget this month. The city had promised $270M in local revenue to CPS but backtracked after the state funding bill passed, claiming CPS didn’t need the additional local revenue. The city does have about $70M in TIF funds allocated for CPS for next year’s budget but this is way short of the amount they originally promised.
In addition, the city has not responded to the letter RYH delivered three weeks ago about the special education crisis and the need to fix and fund special education. A RYH parent spoke at a press conference before the City Council meeting and another RYH parent spoke during public comment at the City Council meeting about the urgent need to fix and fund special education:
Video here of RYH at City Council
RYH is hosting a special education forum next Thursday with a great panel of experts. Share with your contacts who have kids with IEPs or 504 plans.
Chance the Rapper also spoke during public comment this week at City Council. He asked the city to fund schools instead of a $95M police training facility. His appeal didn’t win over the City Council, as the vote was 48-1 to purchase the land for the training facility, but he brought a lot of attention to the plight of chronically underfunded schools in Chicago.
Chance the Rapper at Chicago City Council press:
Entertainment Weekly: Chance the Rapper surprises Chicago City Council meeting to argue against ‘cop academy’
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Sat, Nov 11, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Bread of Life MB Church, 1924 W. 63rd St
Parents and Teachers Driving Testing Policy
Mon Nov 13, 6pm
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll
Speaker: Denisha Jones, Trinity Washington University and Defending the Early Years
You can read a recent essay from Jones about early childhood education and the global ed reform movement here. Raise Your Hand is collaborating with FairTest and the Chicago Teachers Union on a series of community discussions on assessment policy. This session will focus on assessment in early childhood education. RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs Nov 16, 7pm
Jesse White Community Center, 410 W Chicago Ave
RSVP online here. This link also provides downloadable flyers in Spanish & English.
Sat Nov 18, 4pm
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 Knox Avenue
Raise Your Hand is co-sponsoring this event. Register for this free event here.
Sat Dec 2, 9:30am
Harper Theater, 5238 S Harper Ave
Tickets are $5 for this screening. Buy them in advance online. We expect this showing to sell out.
Online registration to speak or observe Mon Dec 4, 10:30am
Meeting Wed Dec 6, 10:30am
CPS, 42 W. Madison
Please contact us at email@example.com if you need more information.
Presentation by Richard Rothstein and response by Natalie Moore
Wed Dec 6, 5:00 - 8:00pm
CTU Center, 1901 W Carroll