Please join us tonight: Parent Training: Know Your Rights on 504 Plans vs. IEP Plans! Details and RSVP here.
Betrayed: A Conversation with Chicago Tribune Reporters who uncovered CPS sexual abuse
We’ve added a new event to the RYH calendar: Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30pm, Jesse White Park and Community Center, 410 W Chicago Ave. We hope you are able to join us for this very important conversation. You can RSVP and find more details here.
CPS Special Education: Wow! Do we have updates!
On Friday, November 9, ISBE finally released a letter to CPS parents and staff regarding the ISBE investigation into CPS special education practices and policies. Many schools still haven't shared the ISBE letter, and it is not that parent friendly. We wrote our own version, thanks to RYH volunteer Terri Smith. We’ve also created a web page here with all the letter information.
Last Monday we participated in a press conference with other members of the Advocates group who sparked the ISBE investigation. We released the findings of a recent survey of parents and teachers which found that CPS and the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) are far behind in bringing the special education changes promised. The Advocates wrote a letter to IL Governor-elect, JB Pritzker, asking him to recognize the urgency and to commit resources to the ISBE monitor’s office so the promised changes can be made and so that CPS has proper oversight. You can watch the entire press conference here, read the live tweets in a thread here, and read even more press here.
On Friday, November 16, ISBE met in Chicago. The ISBE inquiry into CPS special education was on the agenda as was the new IL school accountability system. A Chicago parent and a Downers Grove parent testified. You can read their statements and find links to live tweets here.
Student Data Privacy updates
Did you hear that RYH Action’s Co Executive Directors, Wendy & Cassie, are members of the IL College and Career Interest Task Force? Read more here about the first meeting in Springfield.
RYH has been trying to get answers about the new grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative since it was announced this past May. On October 4th, we sent Chicago Public Schools Director of Public Policy Frank Bilecki a list of questions. We don't have answers yet but you can read the questions in this post.
You can find our Tech and Data Privacy Toolkit here.
Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) meetings continue
The dates & locations vary. The next one is scheduled for tonight for the Greater Stockyards Region at Kelly HS from 6-8pm. You can find your region by using this tool. You can find the schedule for these meetings here. You can find the ARA here. Here is our post about what to expect at the #CPSARA meetings, what questions to consider & ask, and more details of what we’ve learned about the process. We joined with Blocks Together and Generation All to write a statement about the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). Chalkbeat Chicago was at the Greater Grand Crossing meeting and covered it here.
Charter school news
Last week the IL House overrode Governor Rauner’s veto of the charter commission bill. Many of you have made multiple calls and visits to your elected officials over multiple years to advocate on different iterations of this bill. Read more from RYH Action here.
On Wednesday, CPS held two hearings. The first one was for three proposed new charter schools for CPS. The second was for charter renewals and revocations. Chalkbeat Chicago covered the confusion about the hearings here and covered the new charter proposals hearing here.
ICYMI… WBEZ broke a devastating story from Noble charter schools Tuesday: Chicago Charter Leader Investigated For Inappropriate Conduct With Young Women. The very next day, the entire Noble network of schools was part of the charter school renewal hearing at CPS. Chalkbeat Chicago covers it here: Ignoring controversy, Noble Network backers urge renewing Chicago schools’ charter.
Keep your eye out for possible charter school teacher strikes. Note: Acero are the charters formerly known as UNO.
In other news
Chalkbeat Chicago: Diversifying the Pipeline Archives. A look at teacher diversity at Chicago Public Schools.
Chicago Reporter: Now Pritzker Needs To Keep His Progressive Promises
⟹ CPS ARA Briefings (ARA = Annual Regional Analysis)
Dates & locations vary; the next one is scheduled for Mon Nov 19
You can find the schedule for these meetings here and here. Here is our post about what to expect at the #CPSARA meetings, what questions to consider & ask, and more details of what we’ve learned about the process.
Wed Dec 5, 10:30am
CPS, 42 W Madison
You must register online to speak. That registration begins on Mon Dec 3 at 10:30am.
Online registration to speak or attend is here. If you plan to attend, it is best to also register online in advance and starting Mon Dec 3 at 10:30am at the same link. We will be there so please contact us if you need assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Th Dec 6, 7-8:30pm
Jesse White Park and Community Center
410 W. Chicago Avenue
Wed Dec 12, 5-7:30pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W Jackson Blvd