Raise Your Hand Fall Town-Hall Meeting

Public education advocates - join us on 11/6 for a RYH townhall on issues impacting our children, our future.  Get informed and take an active role in improving the state of public education in Chicago. 

State of the budget, the Fair Tax Campaign, break-out sessions on LSCs, Student organizing, Standardized Testing, the GatesCompact and CPS policy, and more!  

More information and free registration here.

New Physical Education Policy to Be Voted on at October Board Meeting

CPS Board to vote on New Physical Education (PE) Policy at October Board Meeting

RYH was invited to a policy briefing this week given by CPS’ Office of Student Health and Wellness and hosted by Healthy Schools Campaign. About 90 people from different community-based organizations, some PE teachers and vendors were in attendance.

Currently, CPS is not in compliance with Illinois School Code 105 ILCS 5/27 -6 which requires that students receive daily PE in both elementary and high school.

CPS sets up Neighborhood Action Councils for Charter Proposals

If you live in any of the priority areas for charter expansion you are invited to apply to be on an NAC. Application here: http://www.cps.edu/NEWSCHOOLS/Pages/Process.aspx

Areas where CPS has put out a request for proposal for new charters: Ashburn, Belmont-Cragin, Chicago McKinley Park, Midway,Reed Dunning.

HS only – other areas of NW/SW side including Albany Park, Little Village, Logan Square, Pilsen. Sauganash.

Things to note about this RFP for charters:

Disability and Education Town Hall

When: 

Sat, 10/19/2013 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Where: 

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
United States

 

On Saturday, October 19, disability advocacy and family support groups are hosting a public town hall meeting in order to hear from parents and allies of children with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools.

Please consider attending to testify on issues you see affecting students with disabilities in CPS. Testimonies should be about two to three minutes in length. We will also have a resource fair so that you can check out supports for students with disabilities, families and allies.

Location

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
United States

CPS posts new 10 Year Educational Facilities Master Plan

September 23, 2013: CPS has posted a new version of the draft EFMP

The Board of Education will vote to approve the 10 Year Educational Facilities Master Plan on Wednesday. There are changes to both the draft 10 Year EFMP and individual schools' EFMPs.You can take a look at the latest draft here:

http://cps.edu/About_CPS/Policies_and_guidelines/Documents/CPSEducationalFacilitiesMasterPlan.pdf

RYH Meeting with Tim Cawley to discuss CPS Budget - 9/12/13

Raise Your Hand had the opportunity to meet and discuss the CPS budget with Tim Cawley, Chief Administrative Officer of CPS on 9/12/13. Mike Rendina, Chief of Public Affairs, was also in attendance Our goal was to discuss CPS’ budget priorities and inquire why traditional schools received a disproportionate cut of over $100 million in this budget while charters received an increase of $80 million this year.

Here are our notes from that meeting.

7 Days Until School Starts. Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

7 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

As we’ve stated, there is $162 million in cuts to traditional schools and an increase to charters of $85million

In addition to the:

90 positions cut in HS English

22  HS Social Studies

37 HS History

28 HS Librarians

21 HS Biology

6 HS Chemistry

3 HS Physics

10 HS Computer Ed

50 HS Math

And;

68 elementary schools that lost an art position

47  elems music

22  elems technology; and

51 elem librarians

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