April 1st #FightforFunding Actions

Where will you be April 1st? 

We've compiled as many actions as we could find so you know all your options. We will update as we hear of more. 

We've put together the attached handy-dandy palm card for you to pass out on Friday- wherever you are- in order to get people to make calls on the spot. We hope some of you will be able to make copies and ask folks to make phone calls on the TIF surplus, Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) and the opt-out bill.

#FightforFunding Actions Interactive Map

RYH at the unelected BOE 3.23.16

A few Raise Your Hand parents spoke at the March unelected Board of Education meeting. The topics were financial responsibility, a needed district wide PARCC opt out policy that calls for families to be treated with kindness and respect, and the need for district stability.

Statement given by Jennie Biggs, CPS Mom & Raise Your Hand board member:

I’m a mom of 3 kids in CPS and a former teacher. I”m on the Board of RYH, and our group has worked on numerous education funding campaigns aimed at the state and city since we formed 6 years ago.

IL state Board of Ed threatens some districts with investigations on opt-out

Even though no district or state across the country has lost money due to high opt-outs, and the majority of states have dropped the PARCC test, our state board of education has sent letters to certain districts that they will be doing an investigation and collecting “evidence” from school staff and even students, when appropriate regarding opt-outs.

CPS Parent Testimony against new SEHS to BOE: February 24, 2016 BOE meeting

Sandra Hamilton, parent at Blaine and Lane Tech

My name is Sandra Hamilton, I’ve been a CPS parent for 11 years, with children at Blaine elementary and Lane Tech.

I’m here today to ask you to cancel your plans for Obama Prep HS, a $60 million project which, if cancelled, and TIF funds surplused, could yield over $30M for CPS.

Raise Your Glass Spring Bash 2016


Tue, 04/05/2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


2011 W North Avenue
60647 Chicago, IL
United States

Celebrate 6 years of parent advocacy with us!  Please join us for an evening of fun, including food, 2 drinks and live music


2011 W North Avenue
60647 Chicago, IL
United States

Action Alert: Call Governor Rauner today- CPS students are not getting too much $ from the state!

Yesterday in his budget address, Governor Rauner said that CPS students are getting way more than their fair share of education funding. We need you to call him today to clear things up.  Here are some things he didn’t mention:

LSC Elections 2016

LSC Elections are upon us!

LSC elections happen every two years. Elections are April 13, 2016 for elementary schools and April 14, 2016 for high schools. They coincide with Parent-Teacher Conference Day.

The deadline for applying is 3:00 p.m. at the school you wish to run on March 4, 2016.

Download forms from CPS (mailed, emailed, faxed or copied forms are not accepted).  

Stop the Cuts: Action Steps for Friday 2/12/16

While the TIF surplus resolution introduced by Alderman Ramirez-Rosa was unfortunately sent to the Finance committee this week without debate, another resolution that calls for a TIF surplus and discussion of sustainable revenue was introduced by Aldermen Pawar and Ramirez-Rosa. This one calls on Aldermen to work with the City Budget Office to identify TIF money in their wards that can be sent back to CPS (surplused).


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