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CPS Board Meeting Recap
Janice Jackson was approved as the new CEO of CPS at the board meeting.
WTTW Chicago Tonight: CPS Board Approves Janice Jackson as New CEO
RYH spoke about numerous issues including clout contracts that should be looked at, the new space utilization formula that mysteriously has added capacity to 96 schools that didn’t get additions, and more. We also spoke at an earlier hearing.
Read more on the space utilization changes from our friend Jeanne Marie Olson of Apples 2 Apples. She has written 4 new blog posts this week. We recommend you start with the first (Official School Capacity changed in many schools since 2012… why? (Part 1)) and we do recommend you read all four.
Meanwhile, during the Board meeting, students from the four high schools in Englewood that CPS is trying to shutter went to the University of Chicago Lab School to see if they could get a tour of the school and enroll there next fall.
CPS Special Ed Investigation
The IL State Board of Education (ISBE) is investigating CPS around special ed policies and practices. It’s important that they hear from parents who have trouble with IEP compliance for their children.
If you are a parent who has had trouble getting services for your child including service delays or denials, transportation issues or denials, and withdrawal of a paraprofessional or denial of one, please fill out this Google form (in English and Spanish) and we’ll be in touch with you. Printable form here in English and here in Spanish. You can email the printed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it via the US Postal Service to IL Raise Your Hand, 73 W. Monroe #221, Chicago, IL 60603.
If you have questions and are not ready to fill out the form, email us at email@example.com. RYH will also be doing a series of “Know Your Rights Workshops” on the south and west sides in March and April. If you’re interested in attending, please email us.
Citywide LSC Candidate Summit 2018
LSC Elections information is posted here. Please consider running for your LSC!
In addition, please attend the Citywide LSC Candidate Summit on Saturday, February 10, 9:30am - 1:30pm at NTA Elementary, 55 W. Cermak. RYH is a sponsor with many other community organizations. You can find the Facebook event page here. You can register to attend here. You can download a flyer in both English and Spanish here.
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
In other news
WTTW Chicago Tonight: Englewood Plan Proving to be Tough Sell for some Residents
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 Th, January 25, 2018, Various Times & Dates
NTA Hearing: Monday, January 29, 6-8:30pm
Harper, Hope, Robeson & TEAM Englewood HSs Hearing: Tuesday, January 30, 5:30-8 pm
Hirsch HS colocation with a new charter school Hearing: Wednesday, January 31, 5:30-8 pm
Speaker registration begins one hour before the hearing start time. Speaker registration ends one half hour after the hearing start time.
All Hearings are at CPS, 42 W. Madison.
Fri Jan 26, 3-5pm
Galvin Auditorium, 6339 N. Sheridan
LSC Elections are coming in April 2018. Find out how to run and learn about current educational issues in Chicago.
Sat Feb 10, Doors open at 9:30am for Breakfast; Program runs from 10am - 2pm.
National Teachers Academy (NTA), 55 W. Cermak
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!
Mon Feb 19, 6:00 - 8:00pm
DePaul Student Center, Room 120B
Registration is required and will open on Monday, January 29th at https://goo.gl/forms/gMviJk86LRSXQoYx1.