In a big win for IL students that comes as a result of many parents speaking to their legislators about student data privacy concerns and as a result of Raise Your Hand Action being present in Springfield and meeting with several IL legislators on this issue, the IL House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee will hold a subject-matter hearing on student data privacy on Tues August 7th, 10am, at the Bilandic Building (160 N LaSalle), C-600, 6th floor.
Parents and the public are welcome to attend. Please note: To get into the Bilandic Building, you must show a photo ID. You will also have to go through a metal detector so plan on a few extra minutes to get up to the 6th floor.
Raise Your Hand Action requested this hearing in light of the $14 million Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) grant to CPS and LEAP Innovations announced this spring and the ongoing issues with student data security and surveillance that increased use of technology in public schools presents. CZI is an LLC owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that makes “grants” in areas including in education. It also invests venture capital in ed tech companies and is the operator/developer of the Summit personalized learning software system used in CPS since 2016. The student data improperly exposed last month by the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment was at least the fifth major breach in CPS reported in the media since Dec 2013.
The New York Times: For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students.
The New York Times: The Information on School Websites is Not as Safe as You Think
Chicago Tribune updated their “Betrayed” series with more stories of sex abuse at CPS
Our hearts go out to these students and their families. We will continue to fight for policies that put students first and that ensure better accountability and transparency in this district. This, of course, includes continuing to push for an elected representative school board.
In many of the cases uncovered in this updated report, the victim or the abuser was a student with special needs. The ISBE public inquiry into CPS special education that we and 13 other organizations pushed so hard for seems to come crashing into the CPS sexual abuse scandal. We are truly heartbroken.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her SUPES cronies strike again
The CPS Inspector General found that Camelot Education, which runs several for-profit alternative schools in Chicago, bypassed some CPS procurement rules in securing contracts for their schools. Camelot hired Byrd-Bennett’s SUPES co-defendants and former employers, Gary Solomon and Thomas Vranas, as paid lobbyists to help secure contracts for Camelot schools when Byrd-Bennett was the CPS CEO. Byrd-Bennett, Solomon, and Vranas were all convicted for their involvement in the SUPES bribery scheme. Camelot may be permanently banned from CPS or may have to pay a steep fine to CPS. Some compelling press linked below.
WBEZ in February 2017: Pastors, Savvy Connections and Chicago Schools: How One Private Company Raked in $50 Million
Save the Date for our annual fundraiser!
RYH’s Annual Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 pm
In “the Basement” at Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W 17th St
Block Club Chicago: Young Bronzeville Fashion Designer Recruiting Other Teens For Magazine
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In other news
NPR Illinois: Discipline Data: Hard to Get, Harder to Ignore
Ed Week Market Brief: DreamBox Picks Up $130 Million, and New Board Member: Arne Duncan (Note: This "digital math company" is a former unelected CPS BOE member, Deb Quazzo, investment.)
Saturday, August 18
9:30am - 2pm
National Teachers Academy, 55 W Cermak
Thursday, August 23
6 - 8pm
Mikva Challenge Offices, 200 S. Michigan, Room 1060