New! LSC Bi-weekly Chats with OLSCR Assistant Director Myra Winding
TOMORROW, Th, July 9, 4-5PM, via Google Meets
Local School Council (LSC) Facilitators should have shared the agenda with each of the LSCs they support, inviting them to join. There will be a dial-in number that will be given to registered participants. OLSCR = The Office of Local School Council Relations
So why is this happening? LSC members from our LSC Solidarity Zoom calls wrote a letter to CPS and city leadership asking for public accountability and consistent communication from the District moving forward. Over 100 stakeholders signed on demanding decision makers report progress on equity gaps to the parents and community members in a forum where folks would be able to ask questions directly to district leaders. The expectation is that LSC members, parents and primary school stakeholders will receive current information, transparency and participation in decision-making. Share the LSC Bi-weekly Chats info with your fellow LSC members, parents, and stakeholders. All are highly encouraged to participate and attend!
- Sun-Times: Northside College Prep votes to remove its CPD officer, becomes first CPS school to do so
- Chalkbeat Chicago: Prominent Chicago high school votes down school police program. Will others follow?
10AM: There was a City Council joint committee hearing of the Education and Public Safety Committees. It was a subject matter hearing on the City IG report on SROs which was published in 2018 (there was also a follow up IG report published in June 2019; neither of these damning IG reports had a City Council hearing until now.) Press coverage:
- Sun-Times: How many students are arrested at Chicago schools? CPS tells City Council it doesn’t know
- WTTW: City Used Consent Decree to Delay Needed Reforms to School Police Program: Watchdog
12:30PM: Youth hosted their own virtual hearing in the early afternoon. The #PoliceFreeSchools youth did not participate in the joint committee hearing because they were, essentially, shut out. They had lined up their expert witnesses for testimony but were told they could participate in the lottery for public comments. At their hearing, youth spoke and their experts, Professor David Stovall and Amy Meeks, lawyer with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, testified. Press coverage:
- The Triibe: Chicago youth activists for #CopsOutCPS provide answers to questions about police-free schools • The TRiiBE (This article contains links to view both the City Council hearing and the youth hearing.)
Further reading (or watching) for your consideration...
- Sun-Times: Police in schools a bad idea, says Liz Dozier, ex-Fenger Academy High School principal
- Chicago Reader: Cops in schools | On Politics (Ben Joravsky)
- Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights: What the Research Shows: The Impact of School Resource Officers
- Resources from our webinar Reimagining Public Safety in Schools
What will IL schools look like in the fall?
We don’t know yet. The IL State Board of Education (ISBE) posted guidelines for IL districts on June 23. They’ve also posted a FAQ doc for these guidelines plus an update on the use of face shields- both of these docs posted on June 30.
We’ve created this RYH webpage, Summer 2020: COVID-19 Resources, which we update with links as more information becomes available for IL and Chicago. Currently, individual school districts are creating their plans so we encourage you to actively look out for communications from your district and school.
CPS shared this student survey and this parent survey - both of these came via email & both are still open. In June, CEO Jackson said the district will have their guidance soon, then schools will determine their plans based on the district guidance- and somehow LSCs will be involved. We have no details on how this will work.
- On the Illinois guidelines... Sun-Times: New normal for reopened Chicago, suburban schools come fall likely to be very different
- From this morning; NYC plans for the fall… New York Times: NYC Public Schools Will Not Fully Reopen in September
- Yesterday… Education Week: White House Ratchets Up Political Pressure to Reopen School Buildings
CPS Summer Meals
We've created a webpage here where we tried to put all the info in one place.
Special Education News
- Save the date for the NEXT RYH SpEd Community Zoom Call on Tuesday, July 21, Noon - 1:30PM. You may register in advance for this meeting here.
- New book:
Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace is written by friend of RYH and Associate Professor of Special Education, Dr. Federico Waitoller. Excluded by Choice is written for a general audience and is situated in the city of Chicago. It follows the story of 24 parents of students with disabilities and their experience with school choice. The book has a shout out to RYH in the acknowledgment section and cites various reports from RYH. Waitoller thinks you will find some of the stories painfully familiar. From UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP):
Through powerful narratives of parents of Black and Latinx students with disabilities, this book provides a unique look at the relationship between disability, race, urban space, and market-driven educational policies. Offering significant insights into complex forms of educational exclusion, the text illustrates the actual challenges and paradoxes of school choice faced by today’s parents. Included are explanations for the kinds of injustices students with disabilities face every day, as well as resources that can be helpful for engaging in collective action aimed at improving educational services for all children.
CPS ARA Meetings
There are still 2 meetings: one tonight, Wed, July 8, and one tomorrow, Th, July 9. Both start at 5PM. Here's what you need to know:
- CPS is hosting four meetings to discuss the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA)- only 2 meetings left!
- You can find the ARA here. Find your school in the ARA document & check for accuracy.
- You can find all the meeting materials plus a registration link for the meetings here.
- Here’s RYH’s take on the ARA from October 2018: ARA report proposes a questionable process built on flawed set of premises.
- Teacher survey
Teachers across the nation, please consider taking this survey on how teachers are addressing student wellness during COVID-19 and intensified resistance to racial injustice. Twitter thread here for context & questions.
- A message from BooksFirst!
BooksFirst is in need of new recipient schools to add to the fall schedule.
BooksFirst! will come back from our COVID hiatus in the fall when schools reopen. Unfortunately, we have lost some Transport Volunteers due to understandable concerns. So, out of necessity, we are going to have our recipient schools pick up books from our three drop off locations (Jefferson Park, North Center and Edgewater.)
If your school is in need of books AND you are able & willing to pick them up from the above locations, please call BooksFirst! at 773-472-3709 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.