Student data privacy and class size bills in hearing in the Senate

Please put in calls to your state senator about two Raise Your Hand Actions initiatives, HB3606, the student data privacy bill, and the HB254, the class size goals and transparency bill. Both bills are scheduled for a hearing tomorrow---Tuesday, May 14th.

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Flurry of good bills pass as Springfield heads to spring break

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!

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Elected representative school board: Let's do it, Chicago!

An elected representative school board bill will be heard in the House Executive Committee tomorrow morning, Wed. March 27, 8:30am. Fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT here. Update on the amendments below.

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Support privacy bills to protect kids' data

There are several bills under consideration in the IL General Assembly right now that would protect children's data in and out of school, including the much needed student data protection bill RYH Action has been working on, HB3606/SB2089. 

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Update: ISBE rule change on state testing and SAT for graduation

Last fall we put out an alert about the IL State Board of Ed proposing changing rules and setting requirements that would go beyond what federal law says Illinois must do with respect to testing and opt out and asking for people to submit public comments about these changes to oppose further entrenching the overuse of standardized testing in Illinois.

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What's happening to IL high school students' personal data? Our recs for the IL Gen Assembly

Last spring the General Assembly passed PA 100-1007 which created a task force to study "methods by which the college or career interest data of a high school student in this State may be collected and shared amongst public institutions of higher education." The College and Career Interest Task Force met November 2018 through January 2019 and sent a report to the GA. 

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Open Letter to City Council and Mayor to Stop Creation of Mega TIFs

An open letter calling for a hold on any votes on the creation of two new megaTIF districts signed by 35 orgs was delivered to Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday February 19, 2019. We are still adding signatories; if your organization would like to be added, contact act@raiseyourhandaction.org

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Why student data privacy is front and center on our legislative agenda

Schools have changed greatly over the past decade with the use of technology in and out of the classroom, and massive amounts of data are being collected on our children that parents have no control over at the present time. Students are being tracked, traced, monitored, and scored now more than ever before.

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Getting Answers on What Matters for Public Ed: Municipal Election 2019

We've put together a questionnaire covering important issues for public schools in Chicago. We sent it out to all the candidates for mayor, and the responses we got back from six candidates are included below.

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Tell your alderman: Reject the MegaTIFS!

Now is the time to tell your alderman to oppose the creation of two new megaTIFs—Cortland Chicago River and Roosevelt/Clark! This isn’t just an issue for Lincoln Park or the South Loop—taxes are raised on all of us from Rogers Park to Roseland to subsidize wealthy developers with dollars from our schools. Use the form below to email, call and tweet your alderman. 

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