Recap: Sing-Along with the elected school board bill!



On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, we hosted a Sing-Along with the elected school board bill at the Thompson Center. We then marched to CPS and hosted a press conference. Full recap below!

The School House Rock-style sing-along called attention to Springfield’s failure to bring democracy and accountability to CPS at a time when the district is facing new scandals every week. Parents shared stories about how the unelected school board has harmed their students, families and communities. 

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RYH Action statement in support of Sen. Durbin's Clean Slate for Kids Act

US Senator Dick Durbin announced the introduction of the Clean Slate for Kids Act today at the IIT-Kent Law School in Chicago, and Raise Your Hand Action was among the groups speaking in support of this bill. RYH Action statement and video below.

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Road trip to Springfield...with the elected school board bill!


On Tuesday, we traveled to Springfield with our friends from Parents 4 Teachers and the elected school board bill to see why she hasn’t been sent to the Governor’s desk yet!

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Helping from the home front: long-distance lobbying!

Can't make it to our lobby day in Springfield on May 9? Here are three quick actions you can take from anywhere to support better public ed policy in Illinois! 

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$14M gift horse from Mark Zuckerberg to CPS? Email your reps about student privacy!

HB1295, the Student Information Transparency Act, a bill that RYH Action helped draft. We'll be meeting with the opponents of this bill again next week for further negotiations. You can help us by writing a quick note to your legislators about why action on student privacy is more urgent than ever.


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Protect IL school students' personal data: Comprehensive legislation needed

Raise Your Hand Action is calling for comprehensive legislation to protect the security and privacy of Illinois students’ personally identifiable information (PII). Public education is a common good. In an era of big data, our government ignores the public good when the public school system does not ensure that student data is protected. In order to receive an education, public school students must not be forced to forfeit their rights to privacy and a secure digital footprint.

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