Education Tutorial at the Heartland Cafe Tonight - 7pm

School is starting and it's time to come out and get dangerously informed about CPS policies that impact our kids! Ordinary citizen Don Washington is hosting an education tutorial for Raise Your Hand at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood. This is an informational, interactive, agitational and fun event for all people interested in public education in Chicago. Special guest Miguel del Valle will be speaking, too.

Tickets are $25. Hope to see you there:

Tuesday 8/28

7pm Heartland Cafe

7000 N. Glenwood

Following the August Board Meeting - Looking at the Year Ahead

Yesterday the CPS board of education passed a $5.7 billion dollar budget for school year 2012/2013. At this meeting, CEO Brizard stated that we are facing eacing a projected $3 billion dollar deficit over the next three years at CPS. In this budget, CPS increased funding to charter and contract schools by $76 million and the Portfolio Office (the Department that oversees New Schools) by 26 positions and $4.87 million dollars. At the same time, many of our neighborhood schools, especially our neighborhood high schools, received cuts once again.

Access Living: Analysis of CPS' F13 Budget

Access Living is a disability rights and special education advocacy organization in Chicago. This report was written by Education Policy Analyst, Rod Estvan. Access Living does not support the budget that CPS is proposing and voting on this Wednesday, 8/22. 

As the intro states, "We discuss the longer school day for poor students with disabilities attending CPS and are concerned it will not necessarily result in academic improvement for these students because other aspects promoting effective instructional practices in the FY 13 budget are being eliminated."


Two Education Forums on Tuesday 8/21

We know RYH members have a lot of questions about contract negotiations.  This is an opportunity to attend a forum and have your questions answered. RYH is not sponsoring these forums, fyi, but we encourage you to attend and get informed!

Lincoln Square Forum

Location change for meeting hosted by CTU and Parents 4 Teachers:

This meeting will NOT be at Sulzer and is at:

Old Town School of Music - 8/21

4545 N. Lincoln Avenue

5:30 socializing, and meet and greet

Save the Date - 8/28 MAYORAL TUTORIAL Benefit for RYH at the Heartland Cafe

Come out and get dangerously informed! Mayoral Tutorial Don Washington will host an Interactive, Agitational, Informational, Educational, Satirical Town Hall Meeting: The State of Public Education Issues in Emanuel Land – Tuesday August 28th, 7pm at the Heartland Cafe - 7000 N. Glenwood.

CPS and CTU come to an interim agreement

CPS and Chicago Teachers Union Officials today announced that CPS plans to hire an additional 477 teachers for next school year for subjects to be taught outside the traditional classroom such as art, technology and physical education . This is very good news and we are extremely pleased that both parties have come to an agreement that includes adding staff to CPS’ much under-resourced school day.

Elected Representative School Board Update


RYH has been working with CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education) for many weeks collecting signatures in a precinct-based campaign to get a referendum on the November ballot for an elected school board. We have made great progress and will be wrapping up the campaign this weekend. Please email us if you can help collect signatures this weekend at

You may have seen the news coverage that ten alderman were trying to put forth a resolution for a ward-based referendum on the ballot and that Alderman Joe Moore who had agreed to put forth the resolutions through his Human Relations Committee changed his mind at the last minute based on a technicality. He claimed that he couldn't put it forth for a vote because it was submitted three minutes late. While the legal counsel at city hall approved it and the resolution was put on the agenda, we understand that the Mayor's office does not want this referendum on the ballot and will work hard to prevent it from being there.

RYH Fact-Finding Report on the State of CPS

  • Illinois has no long-term plan to equitably and sustainably fund it's schools
  • Illinois is still 49th in the nation in what the state pays towards education
  • Illinois is ranked one of the most regressive states in the nation in how it funds education with a huge onus on property taxes that causes great inequity in our state. See this Report - Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card
  • Chicago will start out with a budget deficit of over $1 billion in 2014
  • Many programs/teachers/raises will likely be cut at that time as we continue to not address the long-term issue of properly funding education
  • The CPS 5hr45 minute day is too short
  • The push by Mayor Emanuel and CPS for a7.5 hour day was completely unrealistic given our financial situation


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