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RYH in the News
Below you will find links to articles, videos and radio broadcasts in which Raise Your Hand was mentioned.
Yesterday, CPS approved a policy that will change the way our Principals are evaluated so that 50% of their evaluation is based on student test scores. This news causes concern among many parents who wonder:
We were invited to a very last minute meeting with CPS and the CTU on 1/11/13. Jennie Biggs attended the meeting on behalf of RYH. We were not invited to earlier meetings where much of this plan was developed. These notes may help to give parents a sense of the plan's direction at this late juncture.
Here's an audio clip of Frank Clark, head of the Commission on Space Utilization, commenting on Jeanne Marie Olson's presentation at the Horner Park Meeting on 12/14/2012. CPS is still saying they have 330 underutilized buildings. We dispute this number because it is based on a formula that allows for 20% increase over their ideal class size of 30.
Attached is the response we received from CEO Byrd-Bennett on the letter we sent 1/3/12 regarding space utilization, and their process around school closings this year. As you'll see, it looks like they are sticking by their formula of allowing 36 kids per homeroom to calculate utilization. We hope to meet with CEO Byrd-Bennett soon to further discuss.
Here's your chance to make a tax-exempt holiday contribution as 2012 comes to a close. We want to continue to work hard in 2013 on various issues from funding to standardized testing to class size and more, and we need your support to do so: