This Week in Ed 3.16.18: Students walk out

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School walkouts

Students at schools across Chicago and IL joined the national school walkout movement yesterday. There were a variety of messages seen/heard around issues of gun control, school safety and the impact of gun violence in many communities. We’re inspired by the incredible organizing going on among youth on this issue!


WTTW:Chicago Students Call for Gun Reform in Massive Walkout

WBEZ: Chicago-Area Students Protest Gun Violence — Here’s What They’re Saying

Chicago MagazineWhen 200,000 CPS Students Walked Out of School In Protest Historical perspective on the 1963 Chicago school boycott

Ed WeekStudent Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Mourning Over Gun Violence


ISBE special ed hearings start next week

The public hearing portion of the ISBE investigation into special ed at CPS will start next week. Public hearings will be held next Tuesday 3/20 , Wednesday 3/21, and Tuesday 3/27 in the auditorium at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The public is welcome to observe these hearings but no public testimony will occur. The hearings start at 9am. Dozens of parents and teachers filed affidavits regarding this investigation. Thanks to everyone for their hard work!


Read more here:

WTTW: ISBE Announces Hearings on CPS Special Education Practices


Where do the candidates for Governor stand on ed issues?

The IL primary is this Tuesday March 20th. Check out this RYH Action questionnaire filled out by most of the candidates for Governor and make sure to vote on Tuesday!


In other news

The AtlanticSchool Segregation Is Not a Myth

Washington PostBetsy DeVos’s botched ’60 Minutes’ interview, annotated

NPRed: How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too) Sir Ken Robinson on creativity and public education

Network for Public Education: Online learning: What every parent should know

Network for Public Education Action: Stop the latest federal voucher scheme before it is too late.

Crain’s Chicago BusinessFormer CPS building in Uptown turned into apartments

Chicago Public FoolsRead those political mailers verrry closely, folks


⟹ Unelected Chicago Board of Education meeting

Online registration to speak or observe Mon Mar 19, 10:30am

Meeting Wed Mar 21, 10:30am

CPS, 42 W. Madison

Please contact us at if you need more information or advice on participating. (Did you know? Recent polling found that 83% of Chicagoans want an elected school board.)


⟹ LSC Candidate Forums

Mon March 19 - Friday March 23 at every district run school. Find the 2018 LSC Election Candidates at your school here. Some basic information on these forums:

  • This is scheduled by the existing LSC or principal at the school.
  • Details should be posted publicly.
  • Call the school if you are unsure of the date and time.
  • These are public meetings.
  • Every candidate has the same amount of time to speak.
  • The ballot positions are drawn at the forum.


⟹ LSC Elections

Wed April 18: CPS Elementary Schools

Th April 19: CPS High Schools

6am - 7pm

As a parent, you can vote at your child’s school. Any parent or resident of the school attendance area or voting district can vote. You do not have to be a citizen or registered voter to vote in a CPS LSC election. Voters need to bring 2 forms of ID. (1 form of ID if you are listed as a parent of a child at the school.)


⟹ Backpack Full of Cash Screening: Rogers Park

Mon April 9

Doors & Pizza, 6:00pm,

Screening starts at 6:30pm

Theatre 400, 6746 N Sheridan Rd

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased herePlease purchase your ticket in advance, we expect to sell out. Theater 400's Concession Stand will be open.