Progress in Springfield - Pat yourself on the back! Thanks to all your phone calls, witness slips and support, the following bills passed this week and will now move to the other chamber!Read more
Raise Your Hand Action will be in Springfield for an in-person advocacy day on Wednesday May 8th.
We know this is a big ask, especially for those of us with childcare commitments, but it's crucial that our legislators hear from us face to face on these issues!
We'll spend the day talking to IL state senators and representatives to advocate for our legislative agenda. You can read more about the bills we are supporting and opposing this session and check their status here.
We will arrange to go by carpooling or Amtrak. Expect to be gone from about 6am til 7pm. Look for an email from us about one week before to coordinate travel plans.
Over the last nine years Raise Your Hand has grown into a mighty force of empowered parents fighting to protect and strengthen public education!Read more
People who believe in public education as a public good must remain ever ready, present, and active to defend and promote policies that protect classrooms across our city and state. Thank you for being part of building power around a variety of public education issues in 2018.
"Every person and organization involved in public education in Illinois benefits from RYH, from its unswerving dedication to its mission, from its sophisticated and effective efforts at the state Capitol in Springfield, from the continuous information flow in support of public schools. It's not an old group, but it is an influential one."
--Jim Broadway, State School News Service, December 12, 2018
You all helped make a valiant attempt to move the charter commission bill for a veto override, but unfortunately the fix seemed to be in to keep it from getting through.Read more
Dispatch from Springfield or Why A Grassroots Public Ed Advocacy Group Needs to Be in Springfield on the Regular:
First, thank you to everyone who shared our posts today, who signed up to be a recurring donor (woot!), and who on top of that made phone calls to Speaker Madigan and your own state rep about the bill to weaken the state charter commission, HB5175.
There was an override of the Governor’s veto on HB5175, the charter commission bill, yesterday in the House, and now it’s time to get it through in the Senate!Read more
Our co-directors, Cassie and Wendy, are in Springfield this week to work on a number of issues! They will be meeting with Representatives Andrade, Martwick, and Williams to work on a data privacy bill. They will also be meeting with legislators to discuss the possibility of an override vote on the class-size goals bill Governor Rauner vetoed.