This Week in Ed 1.29.21: This Week In Pandemic Schooling | Parents Speak Out At CPS BOE

Rescheduled LSC Summit 2021

Due to the current education climate, the LSCs.4.ALL coalition has decided to reschedule our annual LSC summit to Feb 27, 10AM-3PM. We apologize for the late notice but we believe we will be able to hold a more powerful collaborative community space if it is pushed back. Please also note that we will be adding additional time to the end of our Summit for an organizing plenary. 

Program of Events

Registration

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CPS Board of Ed Meeting

We spoke at and live tweeted the monthly meeting on Wednesday. You can read our statement here- scroll down for all the press coverage of the meeting. You can read our live tweets here. Chicago Documenters has a webpage here with a link to their live tweets and documents from the meeting. 

We spoke about special education and pandemic schooling as well as the exclusion of parents in any engagement on the CPS reopening plan. From our statement:

Raise Your Hand is disgusted at the attempts to pit parents against one another when in reality, everyone is getting the short end of the stick. 

My last point is about partnership. If these past 10 months are an example of what parent partnership looks like, I don’t quite understand how CPS ever plans to heal and regain trust with the community. You say parents are partners but then why is CPS intimidating parents? You say parents are partners but why are there repeated attempts to shut down LSCs from holding special meetings by OLSCR.

Thank you to all the parents who spoke at the meeting. The common theme was parents are fed up with being left out and that they have no voice in determining the path forward. #CPSTalkToUs

Stay tuned and follow us on social media for next steps... Search @ILRaiseYourHand:

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Reimagining School Safety In CPS

Sat, Feb 6 | 11AM - 12:30 PM | Register

One thing is certain, when Chicago’s children return to schools they will need safe havens. Reimagining Safety is an all-hands on deck approach.

Register to join us on Zoom to hear from CPS youth, parents, LSC members, teachers and neighbors. Panelists include Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor, Laurentio Howard (father of CPS student beat/tased by CPD SRO) and allies out of Oakland, CA. [SRO = School Resource Officer AKA police officer in the school]

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Last Call- We’re Hiring!

Join our amazing RYH team! We are hiring a full time parent organizer. You can find the job description and how to apply here. We are accepting applications through Sun, Jan 31. Thanks for sharing with possible candidates!

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Special Education News + Google Form

South Side Weekly: Special Ed Students Are Left Behind During COVID – South Side Weekly

If you or anyone you know has an adult child who has aged out of (or will soon age out of) CPS Transition Programs (or any IL school district transition program) at age 22 -- especially those who missed out on vital vocational training out in the Community due to Covid -- please give us your contact information via this form and we'll be in touch. Thanks.

 

LSC News

If you are a LSC member and would like to connect to a larger group of LSC members from across the city, please email us: [email protected]

We have a Google folder where we are posting LSC letters and resolutions about the CPS reopening plan- there are 122 in the folder so far. These letters are worth a look- they are very nuanced and many express specific concerns and questions as they relate to their individual schools and as it relates to both in person and remote learners. If we are missing your letter, please email it to: [email protected]

 

Pandemic Schooling News

Here's some press which will tell the story of what’s happened since last we spoke...

On teacher & school staff vaccinations:

Let Us Live, Let Us Learn: Lessons from Students

 

Ways To Sound Off and/or Take Action

 

National Standardized Testing Suspension

The Network for Public Education allows you to send a letter here to Secretary of Ed nominee, Miguel Cardona, re: cancelling the spring's federally mandated standardized tests.

 

Data Privacy Survey

The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy is researching which ed tech apps schools are asking students to use , and whether they are sufficiently protective of their privacy. Blog + link to survey here

 

In Other News

WBEZ: Don’t Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble Now

Chalkbeat Chicago: As Elgin reopens, teachers raise questions about safety, missing data

 

Upcoming Events

Toward A New Agenda for Public Education: Recommendations To The Biden Administration

With Diane Ravitch

Hosted by DePaul College of Education

Wed, Feb 10 | 5:30-6:30PM CST | Register | Flyer

 

RESOURCES

From SUFEO:

Spread the word! Our free legal hotline has reopened for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free information and services, under attorney supervision, to K-12 students in a variety of areas. We offer support and representation to students experiencing:

  • Inadequate special education services
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Suspension, expulsion, or other discipline
  • Barriers related to COVID-19 and remote learning

Additionally, SUFEO offers free "know your rights" trainings to students, parents/guardians, and other community advocates. We are also excited to collaborate with the newly launched Anti-Bullying Project at the Civitas ChildLaw Center.

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the SUFEO hotline at 773-800-0338. We return all calls within 24-48 hours to schedule an intake.

Feel free to share our flyer with any families or other organizations that may be interested. For more information, please contact our Outreach Coordinators, David Faich ([email protected]) and Logan Sweeney ([email protected]).

Learn more about our impact here. With your help, we can keep fighting for all kids to have a fair shot at a high-quality public education.

Email: [email protected]

Hotline: 773-800-0338

Follow SUFEO! Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Legal Aid Chicago’s New Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project  

This project is aimed at addressing the institutional racism that obstructs pathways to success for youth. To accomplish this goal, Legal Aid Chicago is providing legal representation to prevent school push-out and expunge juvenile records.

Below is their new flyer announcing the project. Please share the information with anyone who may need legal assistance. Sharing the flyer on your social media is encouraged. If you have any questions, would like additional materials, or are interested in scheduling a training or know-your-rights presentation, please do not hesitate to contact Legal Aid Chicago.

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