This Week in Ed 11.5.20: LSC Elections Update | CPS 2nd Quarter Starts Monday

We're keeping it quick with a few things we think you need to know today. Thanks for reading!

Local School Council Elections Update

Last week, the LSCs.4.All coalition (RYH is a member) sent this letter to CPS regarding LSC Elections concerns. On Wed, Nov 4, we received this letter from CPS in response. Something to note in the response letter: CPS agreed to extend the deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots to include all ballots postmarked by the election date and received within 14 days of the election. Parents and staff should be receiving mail-in ballots. Parents and staff do have the option to vote in person at schools. Community members will vote in person at schools. (CPS press release on LSC Elections from Oct 21: English | Spanish.)


Quarter 2 Starts Monday- All CPS Students Will Start Quarter 2 Remotely

All students will start quarter 2 with remote learning. CPS has NOT announced a possible date for PreK and Cluster program students to physically return to school buildings.

- TONIGHT, Th, Nov 5, 6PM. The CTU is hosting a webinar: Webinar: Re-opening Plan for Cluster and pre-K Teachers and Parents. Register here.

- Today's news is covered by Chalkbeat ChicagoTeachers’ union suffers setback in effort to delay school reopening in Chicago.

- Yesterday's news was all about school air quality tests. You can check your school’s report here. Press below. 

Chicago Tribune: Even as fall term ends, Chicago Public Schools is still mum on a reopening date. Despite rumors, it won’t happen Monday

Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago says after ventilation checks and 20,000 air purifiers, classrooms are a go for reopening

WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools Says School Air Quality Is Safe

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North Lawndale Proposal to Close 3 Schools & Open 1 New School

This proposal was first reported by WBEZ in September. At last week’s CPS Board of Ed meeting, there were speakers from both sides of the issue- Block Club Chicago covered it here. On Saturday, parents, educators, and community from the North Lawndale Parent and Community Coalition (NLPCC), pushed back on the proposal. WTTW covers their press conference and flyering event here: In North Lawndale, Concerns Over Proposal to Consolidate 3 CPS Elementary Schools

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Journey for Justice Alliance National Survey

What is your vision for equity in Public Education? Click here to take the National Grassroots Education Survey in English or Spanish. Journey for Justice is committed to getting feedback from Grassroots voices on their vision for America's public schools. We invite you to encourage, Black, Brown Indigenous parents and youth to take their National Education Survey! 




Chalkbeat Chicago: How Chicago-area classrooms are responding to an unusual election

Sun-Times: Spurred by election enthusiasm, students push peers to vote — even if they can’t vote themselves


In Other News

Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago, Illinois students with special needs face difficult transition after age 21

Chalkbeat Chicago: Illinois Report Card: State reports 88% graduation rate, but some other accountability measures blank

Chicago Unheard: Raise Your Hand Calls on Board of Education to Let Go of 'Normal' and Innovate For Chicago Kids

WBEZ: Some Chicago Special Ed Students Say Remote Learning Is Working Well


Upcoming Events

➡️ Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) Meeting

Hosted by Lugenia Burns Hope Center via Zoom. 

Wed, Nov 11 | 6PM | Register


➡️ Local School Council (LSC) Training | Module 2: Meetings

Hosted by the LSCs.4.All coalition via Zoom.

Th, Nov 12 | 6PM | Register