Memo to CPS: It’s Time to Stop Saying “Full School Day”

Dear CEO Brizard and Marketing Department at CPS:

Many parents are tired of hearing the term “full school day.” A few dozen have emailed me since yesterday that they were also irritated by the letter that you sent home via US mail (calculated postage – 3 staff positions at CPS) lauding the “full school day” and explaining your view on the potential strike. Can you put these in backpacks next time?

Childcare Options in the Event of a Strike

We still remain hopeful that the teacher's union and the city will come to an agreement before September 10th. This has been a stressful time for all parties involved and there's much uncertainty about not just whether our kids will be in school but how all stakeholders will work together in our district beyond a potential strike. The tenor and culture of this system needs vast improvement. We are certainly hoping that this school year does not bring more of the same. 

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.

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