This Week in Ed 1.19.18: IL House Sped Hearing Today, CPS School Closings Meetings Continue

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Special ed hearing at city council 

The education committee of the city council held a 3+ hour hearing on special education last Friday. Janice Jackson attended to answer questions for CPS, which was a welcome change. City council members remarked that the last CPS CEO to show up at city council was Ron Huberman (CPS CEO 2009-2010). CPS announced one hour before the city council hearing that they’d be adding 65 new special education positions to schools. Note: CPS admitted at the hearing that they have roughly 180 unfilled special ed positions, and they have a lot of work to do to attract special ed staff to work at the district.  

RYH recorded the hearing. You can watch it here.

WBEZ: Chicago Schools Chief Pledges Major Changes to Special Education

WTTW: CPS Adding 65 New Special Education Positions Amid Calls for Reform


IL House special ed subject matter hearing TODAY

The IL House will be having a hearing on special ed today at 10am at the Bilandic Building, Rm. C-600, 6th fl, 160 N. LaSalle St. You can attend as an observer. This is SEPARATE from the IL State Board of Ed (ISBE) investigation. Lots to keep track of!

Tune in to our FB page where we’ll be live streaming this hearing.

RYH has a strong volunteer special ed parent group and we welcome new parents to this group. Please let us know if you’d like to get involved.

If you have had issues getting special ed services for your child in the past year, please fill out this form which is in English and Spanish.

Help us get the word out to other CPS parents & guardians about the ISBE Inquiry! Distribute flyers in English and in Spanish at your school!


School closings- CPS Community Meetings, round 2

CPS has been saying that an Englewood steering committee voted for the plan to close 4 high schools in the area this year to make room for one new high school in 2019, but members of the Englewood steering committee announced at the CPS hearing on Wednesday that they did not vote to close the four high schools in Englewood.

Curtis Black of The Chicago Reporter interviews one of the steering committee members here:

On Englewood school closings proposals, district still not listening to residents

School Ratings Forum

In partnership with multiple organizations, we are hosting a public forum: What Makes a School Great...And Do Level Ratings Measure It? Chicago schools live and die by their level ratings. Ratings drive enrollment and resources and are used to justify closings. What if communities created a rating system to help schools, students and families? What would a rating system designed to decrease sorting, segregation, and inequity look like?

Monday, February 12, 7-9:00pm, Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Avenue

Find out more about the forum & RSVP here. Please share the Facebook event page to your own page, invite people, and share on your school’s Facebook page. Download a pdf flyer to print here.



Local School Council (LSC) Elections coming in April

CPS posted their LSC Elections information here late last week. Please consider running for your LSC! Also consider attending the LSC Candidate Summit on Saturday, February 10, 9:30am at NTA Elementary, 55 W. Cermak. More details will follow soon. RYH is a sponsor with many other community organizations.


In other news   

Chicago TribuneAfter nearly a decade, CPS Obsessed creator retires popular blog


ISBE calls for increase of over $7B in next year’s budget

Note: this is very unrealistic given the state hasn’t even paid the $350M in new funding to schools this year, and Governor Rauner recently did an amendatory veto to the school funding bill which might jeopardize this increase.

WBEZ: State Board of Education: Double State Funding Now


Sun-TimesEmanuel moving to remedy defect in his new high school graduation requirement

WHYY: Gov-elect Murphy: New Jersey will stop using PARCC tests


A teacher now at the Latin School of Chicago writes about his time working at AltSchool, a Silicon Valley-funded startup with schools and software using "personalized learning".

Inspired blog: Why I Left Silicon Valley, EdTech and “Personalized” Learning

Upcoming Events

⟹ CPS 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 a hearing for each proposed action.

Starting January 25, 2018, Various Times & Dates

CPS, 42 W. Madison


⟹ BGA Citizen Watchdogs, Watchdog Training: City Bureau

Th, Jan 25, 6-8pm

Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone


⟹ Education Policy in the Trump Presidency One Year In

Fri Jan 26, 3-5pm

Galvin Auditorium, 6339 N. Sheridan


⟹ 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.


⟹ Public hearing: Chicago Unelected Board of Ed

Registration to speak or observe in person Wed Jan 24, 7:30-8:00am

Meeting Wed Jan 24, 8:30am

CPS, 42 W. Madison

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

“The purpose of said hearing will be to receive public comment on a proposed application to modify a portion of Section 34-21.3 of the School Code for a period of two school years (for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years) to allow a Board Member to be employed by the Board of Education no sooner than thirty (30) calendar days after the expiration or other termination of his term of office as a member of the board.”


⟹ LSC Candidate Summit--Save the Date! More details coming soon.

LSC Elections are coming in April 2018. Find out how to run and learn about current educational issues in Chicago.

Sat Feb 10, 10:00am, Doors open at 9:30am

National Teachers Academy (NTA), 55 W. Cermak


⟹ What Makes A School Great? Public Forum

Hosted by Raise Your Hand, Fair Test, CTU, CTU Foundation, CUE, Generation All, Parents 4 Teachers

Mon Feb 12, 7:00pm

Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone

Please RSVP at the link above!