Chicago Reader lists Raise Your Hand as one of the "Best Public School Parent" Groups

Hey Raise Your Hand Advocates,

We got a nice shout out from the Reader in their "Best of Chicago 2012" issue along with our friends from KOCO and the 19th ward parent group.

It's nice to have all of our efforts recognized. Let's keep up the hard work together in fall 2012!

CPS cancels public meetings on Contract Negotiations

A FACE manager at CPS had contacted us a few weeks ago and told us CPS was going to hold two meetings open to the public on contract negotiations. We put an email out to our membership about the first meeting scheduled at Gage Park High School for June 25th. Robocalls also went out to the parent community inviting them to these meetings. On Monday of this week, CPS emailed us to tell us that they changed their minds and will postpone these meetings until after the fact-finding process is completed in July.

On the strike authorization vote

We have received many questions on whether we support today’s strike authorization vote. Many parents are confused about what this vote means. Here is our viewpoint:

The vote today does not mean that there will definitely be a strike. It only authorizes a strike in the event that the two parties cannot come to an agreement when fact-finding is completed later this summer. We urge both sides to take every measure possible to avoid a strike.

RYH Forum - Monday 6/11 in Logan Square - Haas Park at 6:30pm

Next RYH Forum – 6/11 in Logan Square at Haas Park, 2409 N. Washtenaw

Come join us for an important discussion – “Changes and Challenges at CPS”– with a focus on the parent-teacher connection during tough times, what’s at stake during contract negotiations, how state law SB7 impacts the process, hear from parents and classroom teachers about their perspective on what’s important for next school year and beyond. Rod Estvan from Access Living will be on the panel along with a rep from Logan Square Neighborhood Association and others.


Place: Haas Park

The Battle Between CPS and CTU is about much more than Pay

If you follow the mainstream press you probably think that CPS and the CTU are battling mainly over what teachers should be paid. This is not accurate. A raise may be one issue at stake, but the bigger issue behind the scenes, as we understand, is that the state law that passed last year, SB7, changes the process of bargaining and essentially is forcing a stalemate between the two parties. What does this mean?

Check out the "College Ready Fund" document that CPS gave to schools

Attached is the guide that CPS provided to Principals to offer suggestions on how to use the discretionary money for the longer day. As you will see, it is heavy on on-line learning tools and textbooks.

Also to note is that CPS will be issuing RFPs for services but won't have the vendors and prices available until sometime in July. This certainly makes planning for our schools difficult.

Education Events Abound in May!

Sunday, May 20, 5pm-7pm, Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson

“Critically Thinking about Chicago Public Schools”

Sonia Kwon from Raise Your Hand on the panel as well as Alderman Ameya Pawar, members from the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, PURE, the CTU and VOYCE; CPS Board members are also invited.

Monday, May 21, Blaine Elementary, 7pm

Common Core Discussion – “What do parents need to know about the Common Core?”

Meghan Berry speaking, CPS, Reading and Language Arts


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