This Week in Ed 9.10.20: 🍎 Welcome back! | Raise a Glass Fundraiser 2020- Oct 13 - 23 🥳


Ten years, seven superintendents, three mayors and one recession ago, parents facing a billion-dollar budget cut to Chicago Public Schools came together. 

They stopped the cut, and started a movement of parents organizing for fairer, better schools. Since then, Raise Your Hand has become a megaphone for the voices of parents and caregivers and guaranteed us a seat at the table when Chicago makes decisions about public education.

The pandemic and police violence have put an exclamation point on systemic inequities in our schools and communities and the harm done to so many families over the years. We’ve responded since March with 50 programs for more than 2,000 participants. 

Parents and caregivers have had a helluva year this year. We invite you to celebrate our work together during our virtual Raise A Glass fundraiser from Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 23. 

Raise Your Hand is on the cusp of hiring a full-time parent organizer to expand our reach in the fight for fully-funded schools, stronger Local School Councils, an elected representative school board--and whatever other inequities continue to impact our students. 

Our goal this year is to raise $50,000. As an organization that was born out of the Great Recession, we know the fight to protect education will be even more critical as we enter another recession. We must continue to train the next generation of parent leaders to fight and win. As a bonus, each virtual Raise a Glass ticket or sponsorship comes with custom RYH swag! Can you continue to support RYH and education justice by buying a ticket, sponsorship, and/or ad?

Fighting to strengthen public education for all,

Jianan Shi, Executive Director

Brenda Delgado, Board President



Happy New School Year!

Thank you, educators, parents & students for all your hard work prepping and moving forward in this very new territory of remote learning! Let's all be gracious & patient with one another. We hope things are going well and that your children are having a great experience so far! Find press coverage on this historic start to the school year here

We’ve published some new RYH webpages and updated some others to provide some resources for parents. Please share with other parents!

Here are a few CPS webpages that might be helpful for parents: 


LSC Events & News

RYH LSC Workshops

Raise Your Hand is hosting a series of virtual workshops providing Local School Councils (LSC) basics, candidate and election support. These sessions are intended to connect and empower parents and caregivers, community members, advocates and alum to engage schools through LSCs. 

LSC 101: LSC Basics

Tuesday, September 15th 4:30pm | Register


Thursday, September 17th 6:00pm | Register

(*September 15th will be simultaneously interpreted in Spanish) 


LSC 201: LSC Campaign Support

Saturday, September 19th 10:30am | Register


Saturday, September 26th 10:30am | Register


Wednesday, September 30th 7:30pm | Register


LSC 301: LSC Elections Support

Tuesday, October 6th 6:00pm | Register


Wednesday, October 14th  7:00pm | Register



LSC Elections In November | Candidate Nomination Period Reopened 

Chalkbeat Chicago: Want to serve on a Local School Council? District offers a second chance

The LSC Candidate Nomination period REOPENED on Mon, Aug 31. Please see this letter from CPS. This is the CPS webpage to watch and visit for candidate materials


Special Education Event & Video of Panel Discussion

How are things going for remote Special Ed so far this year? Our first RYH Special Ed Community Zoom call of the 2020-21 School Year is set for Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Noon - 1:30 p.m. and you can register for it here. Spanish translation will be available.  

Loyola School of Law Civitas ChildLaw Center, Equip for Equality and RYH held a panel discussion about remote special education on September 2, 2020. You can find the video here.


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CAN TV Interviews RYH

The week before school started, our Communications and Outreach Director, Jennie Biggs, was interviewed about the coming school year. You can watch the interview here


Supporting Families and School Communities

Parents and teachers are stepping in to support families and school communities. Chalkbeat Chicago gives some examples here: For many Chicago communities, there is no COVID safety net. So teachers are stepping in. Here are 2 ways to learn more and, possibly, get inspired!

Los Padres Mentores Ambulantes | The Mobile Parent Mentor Program

In the spirit of inspiration, we are sharing Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Parent Mentor model for this year. Perhaps a group of parents at your school might adapt some of this to support families and/or teachers at your school. English Flyers p.1, p.2  | Spanish Flyers p.1, p.2 | Presentation on Program


Supporting One Another: Mutual Aid and Public Schools

Hosted by Avondale Mutual Aid | Th, Sept 17 | 6:30PM | Virtual Panel | Register Here



Trauma in Schools: A Toolkit

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, alongside the Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC), have released a Trauma Toolkit. You can read a blog post and download it here: It’s Time to Talk About Trauma: How COVID-19, Racial Unrest, and Chronic Stress Show Up in the Classroom


We’d Like to Introduce You to Diversify Our Narrative CPS!

"Diversify Our Narratives is a student-led initiative that is demanding CPS to expand the curriculum to include diverse and anti-racist texts. We as students are no longer accepting the whitewashed history nor the whitewashed narratives. We are asking that our curriculum include books by and about Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)." Please consider:


Parents! The Press Wants To Hear From You! 

WBEZ's Curious City is looking for parents, students, and educators in the Chicagoland area to share a voice memo (no more than 1 minute) expressing your thoughts, concerns, and feelings about the coming school year. You can find some prompts, instructions, and guidelines here if you'd like to participate.


In Other News

Another CPS scandal… Sun-Times: Key CPS official charged with lying to the FBI | WBEZ: Top Chicago Public Schools Official Charged With Lying To The FBI | Sun-Times: Latest CPS contracting scandal doesn’t shake mayor’s confidence in Janice Jackson

Chicago Reader: Ode to a Chicago Public School | Community

Chalkbeat Chicago: A summer school ride in Chicago, but no data on who benefited

Chalkbeat Chicago: How a legal fight over private school dollars could impact Illinois’ largest districts

Sun-Times: CPS releases new rules for competitive selective enrollment application process


Upcoming Events

➡️ Fair Tax: Learn, Share, Vote

Hosted by Illinois Families for Public Schools

Virtual Info Session + Phone Banking | Various Dates, 6-8PM 

Learn More & Register Here

Wed,Sept 16

Sun, Sept 27


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