Visual map of where charters opened last year and the impact on budgets at nearby schools.

View an interactive map of where charter schools opened last year in Chicago, and the negative impact it had on neighborhood high schools here.

$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.

Confused notions of school choice

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is rallying parents around Chicago and Illinois today for “school choice.” A document on its website has the puzzling statement that “Parents should be given the ability to choose the education best suited to their child’s needs and desires.” Parents have long held the right to choose what they believe to be the best education for their children in Illinois and across the country.

What Counts at CPS, and Who's Counting?

Guest Blog Post by Neighborhood school parent and RYH volunteer Karen McKeegan Fraid

What Counts at CPS, and Who's Counting?

At the August 27th Board of Education Meeting, Chicago was given a gift. Buried in the recording available here, in Part 2, just after the 23 minute mark, a member of the Board uttered what can best be described as a disturbing window into the Board’s internal mission statement.

Testimony for the Chicago Board of Education from Kathleen Sullivan, parent of a 6th grader with autism at consolidated Lowell school – June 25, 2014

After hearing that CPS recently graded themselves an “A” on school closings, I’d like to issue my own grade of an F as a parent of a child who was actually subjected to the trauma of a school closing and relocation. Please allow me to explain.


What They Tell Us About School Choice is Wrong: Fear and Loathing in the CPS Kindergarten Selection Process by Eric and Karen Reyes

According to Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing is a state inspired by the prospect of dealing with certain real-world systems and standards that are totally brain-damaged but ubiquitous.

Increase Per Pupil Funding - Sign Our Petition

Sign our petition to increase per pupil funding. Schools are being asked to do more next fall without the funding to make it happen. Daily PE and increased arts are great goals but can't be done without the money to make it happen. We need sustainable and improved funding so that all children in Chicago can have access to a well-rounded education.


Comments to Hearing Officer on McNair Turnaround

Submitted by RYH Board Member Dwayne Truss on 4/10/14

Dear Madam Hearing Office:

Please accept this letter as my written comments opposing the Chicago Public School (CPS) recommendation to reconstitute Ronald McNair School under the private management of Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL).

No to the Chicago Education Partnership Charter School Proposal

The body is not even cold, yet, after the Austin community experienced the closing of four neighborhood schools (Robert Emmet, Louis Armstrong, Francis Scott Key, and Horatio May) this past spring some black elected officials and ministers are supporting the proposal submitted by the Chicago Education Partnership (CEP) for a charter school to be located in Austin. The CEP design team is the same team that leads By The Hand Club For Kids. By The Hand Club For Kids operates an after school program at its site located 415 N. Laramie in Austin for children 13 and under.

Guest post by Nancy Brandt: Avoiding a Train Wreck in the FY15 CPS Budget

Nancy Brandt was a founding board member of Protestants for the Common Good and served in that capacity until its merger with the Community Renewal Society.  She has extensive experience in public policy, with a special focus on adequate and equitable public education funding, and was before retirement a program officer for Continental Bank/Bank of America specializing in education and youth grants.   At St.


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