Issues of Education

Parents taking school funding fight to Mayor Emanuel's backyard

Date: 
10/09/2016
SchoolParents

Chicago Public School (CPS) parents, Parents 4 Teachers, will show their support of teachers by taking their efforts to influence Mayor Rahm Emanuel on school funding to his own backyard on Monday at 10 a.m.

Governor Rauner creates Cabinet on Children and Youth

Date: 
02/18/2016
BruceRauner

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed an Executive Order, on Thursday, creating the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth (the “Children’s Cabinet”) to streamline Illinois’ education and youth efforts across the state.

Chicago elected school board Rally makes demands as Byrd-Bennett pleds guilty

Date: 
10/15/2015
RMartwick

CPS operations and procedures, corruption and charter schools were the target of the Tuesday morning rally for an elected Chicago School Board

Controversial PARCC test report shows student failure: RYH says "Wrong"

Date: 
09/19/2015
SchlHouse

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing results, released by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) this week, are being refuted by Raise Your Hand (RYH). 

Demand for Opt-Out Rights on PARCC testing grows as testing begins

Date: 
03/10/2015
Podium

Parents and lawmakers united on Monday, Mar. 9, the first day of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, to demand a clear statewide policy allowing parents to opt their students out of state standardized testing

Raise Your Hand puts CPS on notice: PARCC

Date: 
03/03/2015
RYHCC

Raise Your Hand (RYH), a grassroots parents organization created in 2010, put the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on notice Monday, Mar.

Moms rally in Polish Triangle saying, "Enough is enough"

Date: 
12/02/2014
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A small but vocal group of moms rallied in the Polish Triangle, Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues at Division St., on Mon., Dec. 1.

East Village's LaSalle II part of new proposal for CPS Language Academy High School

Date: 
11/09/2014
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LaSalle II Language Academy, 1148 N Honore St., is part of a group of Chicago Public School (CPS) parents and educators from the CPS Elementary Language Academies who have proposed a Chicago Language Academy High School (CLA). 

College Illinois Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment deadline around the corner

Date: 
04/17/2013
Money

Enrollment opportunity in the pre-pay Illinois 529 Prepaid Tuition Program for the current period ends April 30. The College Illinois! Program, created in 1997, allows families to prepay for college years in advance at significantly lower cost.

Federal Pell Grants still available for Illinois college students for 2013-2014 year

Date: 
03/28/2013
SchoolFunding

Though Illinois' Monetary Award Program (MAP) monies are projected to be exhausted, Illinois college students who are MAP-eligible are likely to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, according to Illinois Student Assistance Commission's (ISAC) Executive Director Eric Zarnikow.  

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces new IB program coming to Roberto Clemente Academy

Date: 
06/22/2012
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Announcing that Roberto Clemente High School will be the third International Baccalaureate (IB) wall-to-wall school in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system was the purpose of a press conference at the high school on June 22. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the IB program is rigorous and that it appears that the three key elements for a successful IB program are present in the school and community.

Raise Your Hand Coalition: Extended school day

Date: 
10/07/2011
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The Raise Your Hand Coalition (RYH), an education advocacy group representing thousands of parents throughout Chicago and Illinois hosted a meeting on Tues., Sept.27 at Coonley School to discuss the issue of extending the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school day.

Quinn's signing Senate Bill 7 gets high from some but not all

Date: 
06/15/2011
ABCEducation

Addressing both the length of the school day and year as well as more local administrative flexibility on removing poor-performing teachers, Illinois Senate Bill 7 is being called an education reform bill that sets the standard for the rest of the country relative to teacher accountability.

Mayor Emanuel and Illinois General Assembly blasted by Raise Your Hand Coalition

Date: 
06/06/2011
RaiseYourHand

The Raise Your Hand Coalition is outraged by the Illinois General Assembly for passing a budget that cuts $171 million from education funding statewide. Moreover, the June 2 announcement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean Claude Brizard

Raise Your Hand Coalition protests funding cuts at Madigans loop office but praises CPS Recess Plan Guide

Date: 
05/27/2011
Katten

"Education cuts never heal" and "Speaker Madigan stop your cuts" were the chants of the crowd,

School Consolidation: A tale of two sides - CPS and the people

Date: 
03/25/2011

Broken promises, bad timing, questionable attitude and a failing grade in communications are all components in the big issue of Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) consolidation plans for 2011-12 announced by interim Chicago schools chief Terry Mazany.

Open campus scheduling supported by Raise Your Hand Coalition and Chicago Teachers Union leadership

Date: 
03/16/2011
RaiseYourHand

Promoting and advocating for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to re-instate an "open campus" scheduling which provides a recess and longer lunch period, the Raise Your Hand Coalition (RYH) launches its Fit for Learning campaign.

Gender bullying in schools

Date: 
12/10/2010
NoBullyingArt

Devil worshiper. Sissy. Homo. Gay. Fag. Words like these shoot daggers through the hearts of homosexual youth. Words like these force 160,000 kids in America to stay home from school everyday. Words like these kill.

Potential State funding will provide relief to Chicago schools…maybe

Date: 
07/07/2010

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn announced that a limited amount of school funding has been restored to the State's 2011 budget. However the state budget has not been approved by both the State House and Senate and it is uncertain when that vote will be completed.

Huberman was a no show at Pritzker School and those waiting had a lot to say

Date: 
06/22/2010
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Ron Huberman, Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), was scheduled to make a stop during the last day of school at Wicker Park's Pritzker School.  He was a no show.