Top 10 Reasons Why Chicago Needs an Elected Board of Education

On August 6, 2015, Representative Martwick filed HB4268. This Bill would change IL law and allow Chicago to have an elected representative school board. Currently, this Bill has 44 sponsors.


Statement from North Side NAC re: Intrinsic Charter

We received the below information from a member of the North Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC). Each NAC is hosting a public community meeting next week. The North Side NAC's meeting is Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00-8:00pm, unless Intrinsic withdraws their proposal as the NAC requested. 


The statement was signed by 24 members of the NAC (unofficial count of participants is 30).


NAC Community Meetings: Next Week!- UPDATED

UPDATED on Monday, August 10:

On Thursday, August 6, CPS put out this press release with information on the NAC Community meetings hosted during this current week. 


Here's the information you need on these meetings:

CPS Students for an Elected, Representative School Board

Charles Kotrba is a rising senior at Whitney Young, and a member of Chicago Students Union, an entirely student run organization dedicated to representing the CPS student voice.

Recently, Charles gave a soap box speech in Daley Plaza and explained how the
appointed CPS Board of Education is harmful and why CPS needs an elected board.


You can watch the speech here.


CPS Budget Informational Meetings Monday Night, 7/20/15

LSC Members received the following email and the attached documents regarding Budget Informational Meetings. There are three total meetings, happening at the same time, this Monday night from 6-7:30,

Dear  LSC Members, 

As a reminder, with the release of the 2015-2016 budget allocations to schools, the CPS Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be conducting three budget informational sessions on:

                                           Monday, July 20, 2015

RYH Survey: 2015-16 CPS Budget Cuts

As we’ve done in the past, we’ve created a survey to collect information on school-level budget cuts. We will not share information publicly about individual schools, so please make sure to fill this out or share with an LSC member at your school to fill out.

RYH Testimony: Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Meeting on 7-11-15

On Saturday, July 13, 2015, the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) held a meeting. Raise Your Hand testified with many other parents, teachers, and community members and organizations. The below is the written testimony submitted to the Task Force by RYH.


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.


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