Statement to the Illinois State Board of Education on 11/21/14

Statement to the Illinois Board of Education: 11/21/2014 at their budget hearing

We appreciate that this board has recommended that 100% of the foundation level for General State Aid be funded, even though year after year the General Assembly has not done so.  We are opposed to SB16 in it’s current form because it doesn’t address adequacy of funding, and ends up harming many districts in the middle who have not had adequate funding for years. These districts will be in a same place that some of our poorest districts are in just a few years.

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November 12, 2014

Dear RYH Subscriber,

We know you are someone who cares deeply about quality public education for all, that’s why we are contacting you today.  We need your help!

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Response to ISBE's misinformation regarding PARCC and opt-out

Statement from More than a Score (RYH is a member)

Recently, the Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) distributed inaccurate information about a student’s ability to opt-out of state tests. In the “Weekly Message” dated 10/28/2014 from Chris Koch on the ISBE website it is stated that  “students may not opt out of the PARCC assessment,” and that “a district that allows students to opt out of the state’s required test would directly violate both federal and state law.”

Raise Your Hand's High-Quality Education Series: What is High-Quality Assessment and How Do We Get There?


Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


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1647 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Raise Your Hand's High-Quality Education Series:

What is High-Quality Assessment and How Do We Get There?

Panelists include:

James Pellegrino, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Elizabeth A. Skinner, Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Illinois State University

Cecily Relucio Hensler, Co-Director of the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce


Blue 1647
1647 S. Blue Island
Chicago, IL
United States

CPS Seeking Feedback on Draft Guidelines for School Actions – Raise Your Hand Response

The co-location and boundary criteria in the Draft Guidelines for School Actions for the 2014-15 school year are inadequate. First, the CPS Space Utilization Standards are the sole basis for determining a facility’s enrollment capacity.

Clean Schools Survey results shared with BOE on 9/24/14

On September 16, Raise Your Hand sent out a survey on custodians and school cleanliness after hearing so many complaints from CPS parents. 162 people at 60 schools took the survey.

Does your school have fewer custodians than last year?

79.61% Yes

9.21% No

13.82% Don’t Know

How many custodians were cut this year?

6.52 % lost no custodians.

23.91% lost 1 custodian.

33.70% lost 2 custodians.

15.22% lost 3 custodians.

9.78% lost 4 custodians.

September 2014 BOE testimony: Aramark

Jennie Biggs testified as a parent from Mark Sheridan Elementary and also provided survey results from Raise Your Hand on a survey that we put out just last week.

I am a Parent Rep on the Sheridan LSC. We have many concerns with the Aramark contract and how it is impacting our school and schools system-wide.

Parents and staff are worried about school safety and security.

Who is in our building, especially after the school day is over?

John W.Garvy Elementary

Our neighborhood school, John W. Garvy on the city’s northwest side, has been a wonderful place for my children to grow and learn.   Our teachers, administrators and staff are dedicated and caring. Our parents are involved and engaged.  Our students are learning and thriving.

Positive school stories

Hope everyone has had a great first week of school! While continuing to advocate for things that need to be improved upon system-wide, RYH is also going to be sharing more positive things happening at neighborhood schools this year.


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