This Week in Ed 9.16.20: A Toast! | In School SAT | Remote Learning Woes & Successes!

Join us in toasting parents & caregivers at our annual event, Raise a Glass! We will be mailing out our RYH swag next week so get your tickets today!

Thank you to our first round of sponsors! If you would like to sponsor our fundraiser, you can find the different levels on the event page

Current Sponsors: 

  • Anne Renna and Nicolas Owens
  • Senator Ram Villivalam
  • Alderman Daniel La Spata
  • Pilsen Alliance
  • Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC)
  • Teamwork Englewood
  • Fran Grossman
  • Priya Shah
  • Sara Strasser
  • Audrey Wennink

Check it out: #RYHRaiseAGlass2020 Facebook frame! Show your support of RYH and help us spread the word on our 10 day virtual fundraiser by changing your FB profile picture frame! Here are the instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Search "Raise a Glass RYH".
  3. There are 2 versions: "Raise a Glass RYH2020-1" (logo is at the bottom) OR "Raise a Glass RYH2020-2" (logo is at the top).
  4. Choose one that fits better for your profile picture.
  5. Choose a duration to use the frame. We recommend setting it "custom", to switch back to the previous profile picture on "10/24/2020".

Aanndd buy your ticket today! 

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Illinois Districts: SAT with Essay, In Person & School-Administered for Class of 2021 (Seniors)

Context: The Class of 2021 missed the school-administered SAT with Essay at all IL schools (scheduled for April 2020) due to the pandemic & the IL Stay At Home Order.

We used IL State Board of Education (ISBE) resources, emails sent to parents from some CPS high schools, and conversations with parents and educators via social media to put this RYH webpage together. H/T to Illinois Families for Public Schools too! We’re providing this RYH webpage in hopes that you can ask more pointed questions within your family and/or to your school, then make an informed decision on if your senior should take the in person SAT now or in the Spring 2021.


LSC Events & News

RYH LSC Workshops

We are hosting a series of virtual workshops providing Local School Council (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

Thursday, September 17th 6:00pm | Register


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

NEW! Curious about which school LSCs you can serve on as a community member? Use this cool tool & search. Thanks, Josh Kalov, for creating & sharing!


Special Education Resources, Survey & Events

We have a new RYH Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More webpage. This is a work in progress and we will be adding resources as we create them or learn of them. If you have any suggestions, please pass the links along to Mary at  

Chalkbeat Chicago has a survey for families of children with disabilities here: Chicago families: How is virtual special education going for your child?

➡️ RYH Special Ed Community Training on Transition with Equip for Equality

Tues, Sept 29 | 6PM | Via Zoom | Register here

Did you know your child with an IEP may be eligible for post-high school job skills training and supported work experiences (among other things) until they turn 22 years of age? Emily Wilson with Equip for Equality will present and answer questions about transition programs for students with disabilities.

➡️ SAVE THE DATE! Sat, Oct 17, 10AM - 12PM. Special Ed Legal Clinic with Loyola School of Law Civitas ChildLaw Center and Equip for Equality where you can speak 1:1 with an attorney or advocate about your specific special ed concerns. More details coming soon!


RYH Webpages

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


CPS Webpages

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


Remote Learning: Resources + In The News

In August, we hosted a webinar with Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and Grassroots Education Movement (GEM). We examined the wonderful LSNA Remote Learning Statement which was written by parent and youth leaders. You can find slides & small group discussion reports from the event here. We hope you can and will take some of these ideas back to your own school and community!

The press covers the good, the bad, and the ugly of remote learning! Lots of parent, student, and educator voice below.

Chalkbeat Chicago: How this Chicago special education teacher helps students build connections, even remotely

Chicago Tribune: Pornografía, armas y racismo irrumpen en las aulas virtuales del nuevo año escolar | Remote learning has been marred by hackers and pranksters posting pornography, racist language and images of guns

ABC 7: Remote learning: Chicago Public Schools parents frustrated by online classes, CPS starts tracking down absent students

Chalkbeat Chicago: For some Chicago high school students, remote learning brings a new school struggle: motivation

WTTW: Black Voices: First Week in 2020 School Year Tests CPS

WTTW: Latino Voices: Is CPS Making the Grade With Remote Learning? 

Chalkbeat Chicago: Is a six-hour school day too much? Families cope with realities of virtual learning


Parents! The Press Wants To Hear From You! 


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." Please consider:


In Other News

Chalkbeat: The pandemic is spotlighting longstanding issues with America’s school buildings

WCIA: ISBE now accepting testimonies on funding for public education

Sun-Times: Another key player in CPS’ Barbara Byrd-Bennett scandal gets to leave prison because of COVID-19 (SUPES scandal)

Sun-Times: CPS CEO’s ex-chief of staff pleads guilty to lying to feds (A very recent CPS scandal)

WBEZ: Close Three CPS Schools In Exchange For A New School?

Chalkbeat Chicago: Hay incredulidad sobre la oferta de internet gratuito para alumnos en Chicago | Chicago is spending $50M to get low-income students online. What if parents don’t trust a free deal?

Chicago Tribune: At some CPS schools, fewer than half the students logged in the first day of remote learning, but the district aims to close what’s left of the digital divide

Sun-Times: ‘Many more’ CPS child care sites to come after the first 6 open this week


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


➡️ Supporting One Another: Mutual Aid and Public Schools

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



➡️ Monthly CPS Board of Education Meeting

Wed, Sept 23 | 10:30AM | Via Zoom | Online registration to speak here

Meeting details are here. Online sign up to speak starts Mon, Sept 21, 10:30AM. The agenda will post at 10am. Sign up + meeting details here. You can try to register via the phone (312) 989-7313- check the links here to make sure this is the correct number on registration day. 

You can submit comments to the BOE via a Google form which will be linked toward the top of the homepage of the CPS BOE webpage here OR send them via US Mail at 1 N. Dearborn, Suite 950, Chicago IL 60602. The meeting will be live streamed on the CPS YouTube channel

Please contact Jennie if you have any questions about the BOE meetings: