This Week in Ed 12.21.17: ISBE wants to hear from YOU during their Public Inquiry into CPS sped

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Fill out our special ed form if you’ve had trouble getting special education services for your child in the past year

As we’ve  mentioned, CPS is under investigation by the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) for CPS’ handling of special ed services. After the holiday break, we will receive more information on when public hearings will take place. In the meantime, many parents and guardians likely don’t know about this development, and we want to make sure parents and guardians have the opportunity to testify if they’d like. ISBE will be accepting written testimony as well as oral. Please share this form with anyone you know who is receiving special education services at CPS.

Press coverage of ISBE investigation of CPS sped practices:

WTTW Chicago Tonight: State Board to Review CPS Special Education Offerings

Chicago TribuneState panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools

And, ICYMI, the City Council Education Committee canceled its special education hearing…

Sun-TimesProgressive Caucus brands canceled special ed hearing a ‘cover up’


GoCPS applications due tomorrow

If you have an 8th grader, you should know that CPS has moved to a single application process for high schools. The deadline to fill out this single high school app as well as any application for K - 8 is tomorrow, Friday, December 22. Go here for more information and to apply.

Recent press coverage on the CPS single HS application process:

WBEZ: Chicago High Schools Compete Against Each Other- For Students


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Our new infographic explains what we fight for, what we believe, and provides a few actions that parents & concerned citizens can take to join us and join the fight for policies that protect and strengthen public education! Check it out here.Please share on social media, via email, or print and distribute.


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In other news

The Chicago ReporterThousands of black students leave CPS for other segregated districts

Associated PressSchool ditches online learning program after parents revolt

Indiana GazetteDirectors vote to scale back Summit Learning program

ThinkProgressThe GOP tax bill hurts K-12 schools and the quality of higher education

Crain’s$100 million scholarship program gears up in a big hurry

Sun-TimesOp-ed: CPS bait-and-switch on schools unfair to Englewood students and parents

Chicago ReaderIt’s insane that Chicago doesn’t have an elected school board

WTTW Chicago TonightEducation Issues to Watch in 2018


Upcoming Events

⟹ CPS Community Meetings & Public Hearings on CPS Proposed School Actions

At the link above, click on the “School Actions” tab for full list of proposed school actions as well as 2 community meetings and 1 hearing for each proposed action.

January 2018

Various locations


⟹ January Monthly Meeting: Chicago Unelected Board of Ed

Online registration to speak or observe Mon Jan 22, 10:30am

Meeting Wed Jan 24, 10:30am

CPS, 42 W. Madison

Please contact us at if you need more information or advice.


⟹ What Makes A School Great? Public Forum

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE BELOW. Updated flyer coming soon.

Hosted by Raise Your Hand, Fair Test, CTU, CUE, Generation All

Mon Feb 12, 7:00pm

Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone