Raise Your Glass Winter Bash - Thursday, February 28th

 

RAISE YOUR HAND IS GOING ON 3 YEARS OF STRONG PARENT AND CITIZEN ADVOCACY!

Come out and help us celebrate a fine list of accomplishments and help us raise funds to continue our work for the year ahead

Date: February 28, 2013
Location:  Mrs. Murphy and Sons, 3905 N. Lincoln Avenue
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00pm 

Buy Your Tickets Online:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/318620

Sign and Share the More than a Score Petition - Our Kids are Taking too many Standardized Tests!

Yesterday, CPS approved a policy that will change the way our Principals are evaluated so that 50% of their evaluation is based on student test scores. This news causes concern among many parents who wonder:

Notes from Unified Calendar meeting with CPS/CTU - 1/11/13

We were invited to a very last minute meeting with CPS and the CTU on 1/11/13. Jennie Biggs attended the meeting on behalf of RYH.  We were not invited to earlier meetings where much of this plan was developed. These notes may help to give parents a sense of the plan's direction at this late juncture. 

Jennie's Notes

Apples to apples

Here's an audio clip of Frank Clark, head of the Commission on Space Utilization, commenting on Jeanne Marie Olson's presentation at the Horner Park Meeting on 12/14/2012. CPS is still saying they have 330 underutilized buildings. We dispute this number because it is based on a formula that allows for 20% increase over their ideal class size of 30.

Apples to apples

Response from CEO Byrd-Bennett to our 1/3/12 Letter on Space Utilization

Attached is the response we received from CEO Byrd-Bennett on the letter we sent 1/3/12 regarding space utilization, and their process around school closings this year. As you'll see, it looks like they are sticking by their formula of allowing 36 kids per homeroom to calculate utilization. We hope to meet with CEO Byrd-Bennett soon to further discuss.

Ed Week in Review: December 21, 2012

Make a tax-deductible holiday donation to RYH

Here's your chance to make a tax-exempt holiday contribution as 2012 comes to a close. We want to continue to work hard in 2013 on various issues from funding to standardized testing to class size and more, and we need your support to do so:

Click here to make an easy donation. Every dollar counts: http://ilraiseyourhand.org/civicrm/contribute/transact/?reset=1&id=4

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