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CPS Student Action! January 2016 Edition

***This post was edited on 1/11/16 to reflect a change in the City-Wide Student March location.

CPS Students are prepared to advocate!

Please join them at one or all of the following events and please share with the CPS student or students in your life.


Below is the information shared with us from CPS Student Leaders:


Student Summit on Educational Financial Crisis


SEIU Healthcare, 2229 S. Halsted 

Saturday, January 9

Our 2015 Top Ten

Dear supporter of strong public education for all children,

During this annual time of reflection and renewal, we thought it would be fun to share our own top ten list as 2015 comes to a close.

The list below highlights some of our many accomplishments together, as well as great reasons to support Raise Your Hand with an end of the year donation.

Give the gift of Advocacy on #GivingTuesday

Dear Raise Your Hand supporter

Thanks to you, Raise Your Hand has accomplished so much in 2015--but we can do so much more!  Now, more than ever, we need to come together to grow our grassroots movement and preserve quality public education systems for all.

On #GivingTuesday, please help us expand our network by giving the gift of advocacy and education to another parent or concerned citizen.  

Flawed School Rating Policy: MTAS Statment to the Unelected BOE- 11/18/15

Cassie Creswell, Raise Your Hand board member and More Than A Score Chicago organizer, spoke at the unelected BOE today. Her statement is below. She also gave the unelected BOE copies of the attached document (SQRP Summary: Problems & Solutions) as well as the RYH letter of support for Amandla charter school.

Fiscal Crisis Repeat: RYH Statement to the Unelected BOE- 11/18/15

Deb Hass, CPS parent and a member of Raise Your Hand’s board, spoke at the unelected BOE meeting today on behalf of RYH. Her statement is below.


Raise Your Hand was formed in 2010 around the issues of budget cuts and chronic underfunding of our schools. The district was threatening to increase class size to 36 and to cut all kinds of programs and services. To stave off cuts, CPS and the state agreed on a pension holiday at that time. Parents celebrated that schools would not see draconian cuts.


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