Meeting with CEO Claypool 10/15/15

Today members of the RYH Board met with CEO Claypool.  We were invited to discuss the dire budget situation, but we also addressed charter proliferation, the broken formula used to cut special education teachers and staff, and the contracts that we think could potentially be cut. We also left a copy of the letter below, which we delivered to Mayor Emanuel, asking him to intervene and ensure that CPS changes the broken special education formula not just for those schools who appeal, but for all schools going forward.

Elected School Board Press Conference- Oct. 13, 2015

On Wednesday, October 13, 2015, right before former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's arraignment, community organizations and elected officials came together for a press conference demanding an elected representative school board in Chicago.

Cassie Creswell, Raise Your Hand Board Member, spoke about the many questionable contracts that our current unelected BOE has approved. Her press conference statement is below. Attached above is a list of some of these contracts.


Powerful Parent Letter Against CPS Special Education Cuts

We are sharing a very powerful letter from a CPS parent regarding special ed cuts at her school. She sent this to her Alderman, State Representative, and State Senator. We have removed identifying information.

Dear Alderman _____ / Representative _____ / Senator _____,


As a parent at _____ School, I have always felt you had the students' best interest at heart.  I thank you for all of your advocacy for the kids of Chicago and in your ward in particular.


The League of Women Voters of Chicago Supports a Charter School Moratorium in Chicago

The League of Women Voters of Chicago testified at the unelected CPS Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. We received the below email from them the next day.


In the interests of good government and governance, I want you to have the testimony that was given to the CPS Board of Ed yesterday by the Chair of the Chicago League of Women Voters Education Committee.  It provides a somewhat different analysis of charter schools.


Two RYH Moms Fight the Special Education Cuts at the Unelected BOE Meeting- 9/29/15

You can find both statements in their entirety below.

Laurie Viets- You can also find her statement in this article in the Chicago Sun Times.

My name is Laurie Viets I am the parent of three children who attend Beard Elementary -a Chicago specialty school for children with Special needs.


My oldest child, Canyon, is Autistic and is OBSESSED with shipwrecks, particularly the Titanic. In our world it is all Titanic all the time. 

RYH Statement on Preliminary PARCC Results

Today the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released preliminary PARCC results that purport that less than 30%  of students in Illinois are meeting expectations in English and math. While ISBE has been attempting to manage public response by saying no one should be shamed by this, many will still claim that this shows that the majority of our schools, teachers and students are failing.


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