This Week in Ed 9.30.20: What's happening with Quarter 2 in CPS? | Raise a Glass- less than 2 weeks away!

As part of our annual fundraiser, Raise Your Hand is curating a virtual art show and auction asking artists to creatively reimagine education. We want to take this moment to reframe the dynamic and dream about the education we want for the future. Proceeds from art sales will support the advocacy work of RYH!

If you are interested in donating work for our virtual gallery and auction, please submit an image and description of your work here by Oct 9. Images need to be sharply focused, evenly-lit, hi-resolution photographs, saved in un-compressed .jpg format. 


We are less than 2 weeks away 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 actively shipping out our swag, can you support Raise Your Hand by buying a ticket? Thank you for supporting our work!



Remote Learning: Event, Quarter 2 Questions, Resources & News

Remote Learning Best Practices: A Virtual Forum

TONIGHT, Wed, Sept 30, 6PM | Register here 

RYH board member & CPS parent, Cassandra Kaczocha, is a panelist. We're looking forward to an interesting & informative event!


What's happening with Quarter 2 in CPS? Remote Learning? Hybrid? 

Short answer: it's unclear. 

Remote Learning Resources

More Remote Learning In The News

Sun-TimesThousands of suburban students going back to school after starting fully remote

WBEZ: To Be 16 Years Old, In Your Bedroom And Doing School


Local School Council (LSC) Candidate Materials due Friday, Oct 2, 3PM

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LSC Events 

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 201: LSC Campaign Support

TONIGHT, 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 

The LSCs.4.All Coalition is hosting a LSC Training, Module 4: Budget.

Thursday, October 8th at 6:00pm | Register


Special Education Resources, Survey, Event, & Disturbing News Story

We have a new RYH Special Education Parent Resources for Remote Learning and More webpage. Check out this cool resource found on our new webpage: RYH Special Education Acronyms Guide! We also added more Transition Resources this morning. This webpage is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions for additional resources, please pass the links along to Mary at  

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Chalkbeat Chicago has a survey for families of children with disabilities here and in Spanish here: Familias de Chicago: ¿Cómo funciona el aprendizaje a distancia para su hijo/hija con necesidades especiales?

➡️ 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!

RESERVE LA FECHA para una Clínica Legal de Educación Especial con “Loyola School of Law Civitas ChildLaw Center,” “Equip for Equality,” y varios abogados privados de Educación Especial, donde puede programar un bloque de 15 minutos para hablar con un abogado o defensor de educación especial experiencia educativa - Sábado 17 de octubre de 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 p.m.. Detalles de registro por venir.

Disturbing Story from the Chicago TribuneChicago Public Schools pays $400,000 to settle lawsuits alleging physical abuse against 2 special education students by staff


CPS Board of Ed Meeting Last Week

We spoke at last week’s meeting. You can find our statements + all the press coverage of the meeting here


Follow RYH Social Media!

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


Worth A Read 

A ‘generation of school closings’ offers lessons on a better way to combat violence | Letters

Letter to the Editor from Julie Woestehoff, retired Executive Director, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE), Parents Across America


In Other News

Illinois NewsroomStudent Arrest Records A 'Disturbing Mess' At Illinois School Districts -

Chicago TribuneFederal investigators seek to question 3 CPS employees; Board of Ed pays for lawyers to represent them

ChalkbeatAnother pandemic shift: In many school districts, 1 in 10 kindergartners didn’t show up




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