This Week in Ed 9.23.20: CPS BOE Today | LSC & SpEd Events | A Toast to Parents & Caregivers!

We are 20 days away from Raise a Glass! Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, become a sponsor, bought an advertisement or given an in kind donation for our auction- over half of our support comes from donors like yourselves. As we continue our work on remote learning, school funding, local school councils, and special education, we cannot do it without your support! We are 35% of the way towards our goal. We are shipping out our swag so this week, can you support Raise Your Hand by buying a ticket? Thank you for supporting our work!

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CPS BOE Meets Today

“School Reopening Update” is on the agenda. The meeting will be live streamed on the CPS YouTube Channel starting at 10:30AM. Sometimes they are a few minutes late so keep refreshing the page until the live feed shows up. You can follow us on Twitter for some live tweeting: @ILRaiseYourHand. For more live tweets, please follow the #ChiDocumenter assigned to the meeting: @_KellyGarcia_. We will post our statements later this morning plus any press coverage here

Do you have a comment you want to share with the CPS BOE? Visit, scroll down to “Written Comments” and click on “Board Meeting Aug 23 Form” (yes, this must be a typo). This link takes you to a Google form. If you have trouble accessing the form your CPS child might be logged into their CPS account on your device- log them off, then proceed again.


Follow RYH Social Media!

We share news and upcoming events daily: Search @ILRaiseYourHand | Direct links: Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram. Our Facebook group is where lively discussions occur. 


Illinois Standardized Testing News

Press coverage from Chalkbeat Chicago:

We created this RYH webpage where we compiled some SAT information for IL Class of 2021 (senior) parents. 

And here’s some coverage on other IL standardized tests this school year: Illinois wants to delay decision on spring testing, keep fall kindergarten assessment


Chicago Connected One Month Update

Chicago Connected presentation slides, Sept 22, from the Local School Council Advisory Board (LSCAB) meeting. Chicago Connected webpage here.


LSC Events & News

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- we’ve added 2 more sessions!

Thursday, September 24th at 6:00pm | Register

Monday, September 28th at 5:00pm | Register

LSC 201: LSC Campaign Support

Saturday, September 26th at 10:30am | Register

Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm | Register

LSC 301: LSC Elections Support

Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00pm | Register

Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00pm | Register 


Candidate Nomination Period Reopened | LSC Elections in November

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Special Education Resources, News & 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. 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 and some press coverage here: For parents of children with disabilities, remote learning feels like another full-time job.

Familias de Chicago: ¿Cómo funciona el aprendizaje a distancia para su hijo/hija con necesidades especiales?

Sun-Times: Some special ed students could return to schools for in-person services under CPS proposal

ABC 7: CPS remote learning proves challenging for parents, children with special needs


➡️ 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!


Remote Learning: Resources + In The News

In August, we hosted a webinar with Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) and Grassroots Education Movement (GEM). You can find slides & small group discussion reports from the event here. We hope you will take some of these ideas back to your own school!

WBEZ: The Toll Of Remote Learning On One Chicago Teacher: ‘I Am Learning Everything Again’

Chalkbeat Chicago: I’m a Chicago principal overwhelmed by ‘what ifs.’ Here’s how I got unstuck.

Chalkbeat Chicago: When a child's first teacher is onscreen: In Chicago, questions about the payoff of virtual preschool


Parents! The Press Wants To Hear From You! 


In Other News

Sun-Times: Top CPS high schools vow changes after racism charges, but problems persist

Chicago Tribune: Less than a quarter of CPS students recommended for summer school completed it


Upcoming Events

➡️ Fair Tax: Learn, Share, Vote

Hosted by Illinois Families for Public Schools

Virtual Info Session + Phone Banking | Sun, Sept 27, 6-8PM 

Learn More & Register Here


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