Parent remarks: Jeff Jenkins at 10/26/16 Press conf for an ERSB

My name is Jeff Jenkins.

I am a proud CPS Parent and a Democratically Elected Member of the LSC at John C. Coonley Elementary.

My Neighborhood Public School.

I have had the opportunity to on a few occasions to visit a wonderful school here in Chicago. A school that is well staffed, well- resourced, well funded, creative, supportive…in short everything a parent & child would want in a school.

Full disclosure this is not a CPS School.

Parent testimonies from 10/26/16 CPS BOE meeting

Remarks from Deb Hass to CPS Board

CPS may have a new vision, but it has no plan.

The repercussions of CPS’s “no plan” for facilities are increasingly visible. The data I shared for receiving schools show that between 2013-14 -- the first year after the mass school closings -- and last year, receiving schools saw an enrollment decline of 8.1 percent compared to a 2.8 percent loss in other district-run schools.

Steep enrollment drops at receiving schools since 2013 mass school closings

In 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 49 elementary schools and reassign their students to receiving schools. Despite reported capital investment in receiving schools, enrollment dropped at a much steeper rate at these schools than other elementary schools.

Between 2013-14, the first merged year, and 2015-2016, the receiving schools lost 8.1% of their enrollment v. a 2.8% drop for all other elementary schools. Overall, ten receiving schools gained students, and 37 lost enrollment. Complete data in the table below.

Comments on CPS Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2016-17 and CPS Draft 10 Year Master Facilities Plan Update

Remarks as prepared for the October 21, 2016 Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) general meeting and school actions committee meeting, presented by Jennie Biggs on behalf of Raise Your Hand.

Comments on CPS Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2016-17

RYH Comments on Draft Illinois ESSA Plan

Chris Ball, CPS Parent and Raise Your Hand board member, and Cassie Creswell, Raise Your Hand Action Co-Director and board member, collaborated and submitted these comments on the Draft Illinois ESSA Plan. We are very grateful for their work.

The comments are below. To view the statement with references, please go here

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new federal education law. You can read more about it here.

Upcoming Elected School Board Townhall Meetings

Join community organizations, elected officials, parents, community members and teachers to learn more about HB557, a bill that passed in the House in March 2016 which would give Chicago an elected representative school board (ERSB). The bill is now in the Senate and could be called during the veto session in November.

Find out about the bill and what you can do to help educate others (including your elected officials!) at one of these ERSB Townhall meetings:

Southside Townhall : Monday, 10/17, 6:00pm, Operation PUSH 930 E. 50th St.

Strike averted; Obama Prep Canceled: Still Much More Work to Do

Dear Parents,

It’s good news that a strike has been averted for now. With many community groups around the city, we’ve been calling on the mayor and aldermen to return more unused TIF funds, and, according to reports, they will declare a $175 million surplus. . This is too little to reverse most of the cuts that have been made, but there will be some funding for K-2 assistants in classes with 32 or more students. Next year, school counselors and special education staff should be able to work directly with students more regularly, rather than doing case management work..

CPS Draft Guidelines for School Actions 2016-17 (UPDATED with next CEFTF meeting)

The below is a from an email sent from the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF). You can read more about the CEFTF here:


This step was taken in keeping with requirements of state law. CPS must now solicit and accept Public Comments on the Draft School Action Guidelines through Friday October 21st, 2016.

The Draft Guidelines and an online survey for providing feedback to CPS can be found at:


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