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Special Education Forum Recap
Thanks to everyone who came out to our forum last week and to our wonderful panel of experts for sharing their knowledge with the many parents who came out to the event. If you missed it, you can watch the video of the forum here.
RYH Special Education resources here: Special Education Toolkit
Please share the video and toolkit with other parents and educators!
ISBE Meeting - RYH signs a joint letter with other organizations regarding an investigation into CPS special education practices and policies
RYH joined many organizations at Friday’s Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) board meeting to ask ISBE to investigate CPS around their special education practices. Groups like Equip for Equality, Access Living, LAF and more testified at the ISBE meeting to weigh in on the recent WBEZ report around special education and to share that these groups agree with the findings and have seen an uptick of delays and denials of sped services in their work.
RYH signed a joint letter to ISBE with these organizations. You can read the letter here. This letter was delivered on Friday as part of the multiple testimonies delivered to ISBE on Friday.
***UPDATE: On November 27, CPS shared this letter with the press. It is a response to the joint letter delivered to ISBE on November 17.
School closing list comes out on December 1st
The CPS school moratorium closing is up next fall, and CPS will release their next round of closings on December 1st. Or at least they’re supposed to by law. They haven’t been following the law on other items such as releasing their space utilization records, so we’ll see if they comply with this deadline.
We believe an elected school board is needed to keep the CPS BOE accountable to the public.
#GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017
Please consider a donation to RYH on #GivingTuesday or as part of your year end charitable giving. If you follow all of the links above, you will see the tremendous amount of work we have done in just the past six weeks. Please help support us in our work to strengthen and protect public education for all children.
You can make a donation or become a recurring donor here. Thanks for your support!
Backpack Full of Cash, Hyde Park
We are excited to screen the film Backpack Full of Cash in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood! You can find more details and buy your tickets here. We do expect to sell out so please buy your ticket soon. See you there!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Harper Theater
5238 South Harper Ave
Chicago, IL 60615
Doors open at 9:15am; screening at 9:30. Discussion afterwards at 11.
Tickets are $5
In other news
NOTE: Two new charter schools (including this one) will be voted on at the December 6 unelected CPS BOE meeting. Common’s mother, Mahalia Hines, serves on the unelected BOE.
Chicago Tribune: Part 1 ‘No worse fate than failure’: How pressure to keep up is overwhelming students in elite districts
NOTE: Read the rest of the series here: Part 2 and Part 3.
The Washington Post: The ‘DeVos effect’ on the November elections
EduResearcher Blog: School Privatization Explained - Toolkit from Network for Public Education
Sullivan High School’s Thankful video: “Our refugee students share their lives, childhoods, and what they are thankful for. This video was created by advanced digital media students for Sullivan's first annual Thanksgiving celebration. The event brought the Rogers Park Community together with refugees and their families to share food.”
Lane Tech High School’s Particle Photon Powered Rube Goldberg Machines: “Lane Tech HS students, in our Honors Physical Computing Lab, created 13 small Rube Goldberg machines that talked to each other over the Internet.”
Congratulations to Prosser High School who won the competition! Sun-Times: CPS students compete to create healthy school lunch- on $1.40 budget
Please see the link above for more details and for sponsoring organizations.
Mon Nov 20, 6:30-8:00pm
Robert Temple Church, 4021 S. State
Tues Nov 28, 7-8:30pm
The Oakwood Center, 3825 S. Vincennes
Guest speaker: Ralph Martire of Center for Tax and Budget Accountablility
Th, Nov 30, 6:00pm
Kennicott Park, 4434 S Lake Park Ave
Sat Dec 2, 9:30am
Harper Theater, 5238 S Harper Ave
Tickets are $5 for this screening. Buy them in advance online. We expect this showing to sell out.
Online registration to speak or observe Mon Dec 4, 10:30am
Meeting Wed Dec 6, 10:30am
CPS, 42 W. Madison
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or advice.
Presentation by Richard Rothstein and response by Natalie Moore
Wed Dec 6, 5:00 - 8:00pm
CTU Center, 1901 W Carroll