This Week in Ed 2.23.21: CPS Parent Action Wed, 2.24 | CPS School Buildings Reopen| News & Events

Did you miss TLC week? We hosted 3 Teach-Ins on the Trust Learning Care (TLC) Demands. You can watch each of them here: Trust | Learning | Care

Over the past month, parents and youth have gathered to craft these demands. 

Read the TLC Demands here: English | Spanish

Support Our TLC Demands By Signing Our Petition here

Please share with 5 other CPS parents and/or youth + share on social media. Thank you!

WBEZ: Distrust In CPS Keeps Some Families From Returning In-Person

FOX 32: CPS parent group calls for more support for remote learners from the district

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CPS Parent Action TOMORROW - Join Us In Person or Virtually!

On Wed, Feb 24, several organizations, including RYH, are hosting a socially distanced and masked press conference, march, and Teach-In as we deliver the TLC Demands to both Mayor Lightfoot and CEO Jackson. We have received no response from our initial email of the TLC Demands sent Feb 11. You can watch on our FB page starting around 9:30AM or if you’d like to join us downtown, sign up here. Parents are meeting at City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, at 9:15AM. Hosted by Raise Your Hand, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Northside Action for Justice, Parents 4 Teachers, Illinois Families for Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Southwest Organizing Project, Enlace.

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CPS Board of Ed Meets Tomorrow, Too

We will live tweet all of tomorrow's action. Our statements from the CPS BOE meeting will be posted on our website here later Wednesday morning; we will update this webpage with press coverage of the day. The CPS BOE monthly meeting starts at 10:30AM and is streamed live on the CPS YouTube channelYou can submit written comments to the CPS BOE now through Thursday, Feb 25, 5PM. Go to www.cpsboe.org and scroll down to “Board meeting Feb 24 Form”, click, and this will take you to a Google form.

 

Elected Representative School Board

We have until the end of May to win an elected representative school board. We have upcoming actions and meetings ahead - please sign up here to take action! Questions? Email Jianan at [email protected].

Sun-Times: Lightfoot says lack of parental involvement is another reason to block elected CPS board

 

Special Education News

  • ¡Su hijo puede ser elegible para servicios de educación especial adicionales GRATIS! Acompáñenos para obtener más información en esta sesión de información en línea.

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A Series of Reimagining School Safety Workshops

We are hosting a series of workshops and meetups during Feb and March- join Chicago's Youth and Adult Allies! Please complete this form to register for any of the upcoming workshops

In this email we are highlighting the next three workshops in our series:

  • Exploring Restorative and Transformative Practices
  • Teachers & Educators w/ CPS Youth Leaders Workshop: Reimagining What Safety Looks Like In Our Schools
  • LSC, CPS Parents & Caregivers Chat & Workshop: Reimagining Safety In CPS

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LSC Summit 2021

The LSCs.4.ALL coalition is hosting our annual LSC summit on Sat, Feb 27, 10AM-3PM. Please note that we are adding additional time to the end of our Summit for an organizing plenary. 

Program of Events

Registration

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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) | Food Benefits For Families With School Aged Children

P-EBT is back. We recommend the following resources to learn more:

We have a webpage here about CPS Meal Sites

 

Chicago Public Schools: Reopening Facilities News, Plus Upcoming Meetings

Facilities Reopening Resources & News

As CPS facilities begin to reopen to educators and students, here are a few CPS resources that you may need:

We’d recommend watching out for emails from your school(s) and following your school social media accounts. And here's some recent news:

“Ask The Expert” Sessions Continue

  • CPS FACE YouTube Channel- Ask The Expert session videos are here.
  • From CPS’ Family & Community Engagement (FACE):
    • Th, Feb 25 | 4-5PM
    • The Expert: Hellen Antonpoulos, Executive Director of the Office of Social and Emotional Learning
    • Topic: Supporting students' social learning needs
    • RSVP Here (required in order to receive the invitation)

2021 Community Budget Meetings

SQRP (School Quality Rating Policy) Town Halls

 

IL State Board of Education (ISBE) News

ISBE hosted its monthly meeting last week. Here are a few things that happened:

 

In Other News

Chalkbeat: Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

Los Angeles Times: LAUSD diverting school police funds to support Black students

 

Petition To Consider

This snow though! We are thinking about families walking to school and being able to access school buildings safely during the Chicago winters. This petition calls on Chicago to prioritize pedestrians as much as cars and create a plan for clearing snow from sidewalks courtesy of Better Streets Chicago.

 

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