RYH presents analysis of class size data for 2014 to the Chicago Board of Education: Finds that 34.5% of K-2 students are in homerooms at or above 29 students

With the 2013-14 school year officially over, the issue of CPS budget cuts and unfunded mandates continues to loom, as schools struggle to work with insufficient budgets for 2014-15. 

Pasi Sahlberg's Answers to Unasked Questions

We had more questions than we had time to ask at Pasi Sahlberg's talk about  high-quality education on 26 April. Dr. Sahlberg graciously agreed to answer them by email afterward:

How does Finland gauge student learning? Do they randomly sample a small set of students for standardized tests, have occasional testing, or just the one high school exam?


Increase Per Pupil Funding - Sign Our Petition

Sign our petition to increase per pupil funding. Schools are being asked to do more next fall without the funding to make it happen. Daily PE and increased arts are great goals but can't be done without the money to make it happen. We need sustainable and improved funding so that all children in Chicago can have access to a well-rounded education.


RYH's Education Research Bibliography

This is the reseach bibliography that RYH members have compiled as part of our research project on a high-quality education.

The ABCs of School Choice. Rep. Indianapolis: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, 2013. Print.

Abrams, Samuel E. “The Children Must Play.” New Republic. 28 Jan 2011. Web: What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education | New Republic. 

RYH Statement on CPS Board Vote to Turn 3 schools over to AUSL

RYH is disappointed in the BOE's vote to turnaround 3 CPS schools today, firing every staff member in the building from Principal to clerk to lunch lady. 


RYH has visited McNair multiple times and has met with parents at Dvorak. McNair had no librarian, no music or art teacher, no reading specialist, and a special education population of 23% when RYH visited.

n the budget cuts, McNair lost 6 positions, Gresham lost 7.5, Dvorak lost 3.


LSC Training/Info Sessions on Budget/SBB this Week

CPS hosting School Budgets Informational and Training Sessions for LSC members

If you are on an LSC you should have received an email from CPS inviting you to an informational session on student based budgeting/school budgets next week. Draft school budgets were sent to schools the week before spring break, and this is a good opportunity for parents to ask questions about how SBB works.

Budget Update

We at Raise Your Hand were cautiously optimistic yesterday when CPS released new per pupil funding numbers for next year with an increase in per pupil amounts. Unfortunately, what was left out of the initial report was that these increases might only cover raises and inflation. As usual with CPS, the original announcement did not include all the details and schools will have to analyze their budgets to see how they will fare.

Charter School Advocates' Troubling Agenda Exposed

Hi RYH members-  We’re sharing an email that went out from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) to mobilize their supporters this Tuesday April 8th, at their upcoming Lobby Day in Springfield to oppose state legislation that would require charters to comply with established state laws on the standards set for educating children with special needs and children who do not speak English at home. These are laws that all other public schools follow.

Email from a CPS Parent/Furniture Dealer on the recent $5mill furniture contract

Sharing an email from a CPS parent who offers some alternatives to $5 million Staples contract. Tim Cawley told schools to get "very creative" with their budgets. Why isn't  he applying the same to Central Office expenditures? 


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