Parents testify in support of district schools at 5/27/15 BOE meeting

Testimony from Roberta Salas, LSC Chair for Murphy Elementary

I was going to list to you all the wonderful things that are happening at Murphy, my neighborhood school with a Level 1+ rating, but instead, I’ve just made copies of it because I don’t have enough time. (I distributed a double sided sheet listing great things happening at the school.)

Small magical moments are happening every day at neighborhood district run schools.

$1.1 Billion Deficit + 32 New Schools = CPS Plan?

Per IL law, CPS must issue a Request for Proposals for new schools every year. Currently, there are 20 proposals for new charter school locations in Chicago as well as 12 proposals for alternative schools. There is a complete list of submitted proposals AND their proposed targeted communities as well as links to the proposals themselves. These schools, if approved, would open in the Fall of 2016 or 2017.

Since 2012, CPS enrollment has dropped by over 7,000 students.

Parents testify at April 2015 CPS BOE meeting

7 parents testified this month about the need for CPS to invest in district run schools. CPS just recieved proposals to open another 9 charters with 32 campuses. Jennie Biggs of RYH shared our infographic showing there are over 12k empty seats in existing charter schools. Given the budget crisis and enrollment decline at our district, we find it financially irresponsible to keep opening more schools.

Some parent testimonies:

Belding, LSC rep Lynn Ankney

Behind the RYH Numbers on Charter Spaces in 2013-2014

RYH used the Apples 2 Apples database to produce the list of charter and contract schools that have open seats. We used the A2A database because it linked information about school status (open/closed/phase-out) with 2013-14 enrollment and ideal capacity figures.1 These are CPS-created figures, unadjusted by A2A or RYH.

Testing Season: Collaborative City Film Screening & Discussion

When: 

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL
United States

Raise Your Hand Board Member and More Than A Score organizer, Cassie Creswell, will be on the panel after the film screening. Following the first sessions of PARCC in Chicago and IL, this should be a lively discussion!

You can find the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1419236828376786/

The below is from the Facebook event page:

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Location

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL
United States

Parents encounter Arne Duncan outside a CPS school

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in town yesterday and about 50 parents (some from RYH) waited for him outside a school in Kenwood. Note, the IL state board of education has been saying that the Feds will cut a billion dollars in funding if 95% of students in IL don't take the PARCC this year.

Read about it here and see video in the Sun-Times article:

Sun-Times

Choose to Refuse: Busting PARCC Myths

When: 

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: 

Stanton Park
618 W. Scott
Chicago, IL
United States

Raise Your Hand and More than a Score invite you to an informational session on the PARCC test being rolled out for CPS students on March 9.

 

Location

Stanton Park
618 W. Scott
Chicago, IL
United States

Choose to Refuse: PARCC, opt out and taking action on standardized testing (19th Ward)

When: 

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: 

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL
United States

19th Ward CPS Parents, Raise Your Hand and More Than a Score invite you to an informational session on the PARCC test being rolled out for CPS students on March 9.

 

 

RSVP to faheyhughes@sbcglobal.net

Location

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL
United States

RYH testimony at Springfield PARCC Hearing 2/25/15

This is our written testimony. Because so many people were signed up to speak, we were asked to keep our spoken testimony to 1 minute each, so we had to pare down.

Re: Testimony to the Elementary and Secondary Education - School Curriculum and Policies Committee on the PARCC Assessment

Dear Legislators:

Anya Kamenetz, Author of the Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be

When: 

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: 

Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
Evanston
United States

A dozen years after No Child Left Behind, our schools, districts, and states are being held accountable for weak, limited, and standardized measures of math and reading skills only. Standardized test scores are being used in an unprecedented way to decide the fates of states, districts, students, schools, teachers and principals. Tests and test prep are increasingly coming to define school for millions of students, with the most intense consequences falling on schools that serve the most vulnerable.

Location

Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
Evanston
United States

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