What to do when your district's CEO goes to prison

On Friday, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for defrauding students and taxpayers with a no-bid contract with SUPES, her former employer---a contract approved unanimously by the unelected Chicago Board of Education. BBB's connection to SUPES was considered "a plus, not a negative" by the Board, according to Andrea Zopp, board member at the time.

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Call your state rep about HB768, charter commission bill

An important bill is moving to the House floor for a vote next week. This bill, HB768, would prevent the unelected state charter commission from approving charter schools that have been rejected by local school boards. Our existing schools are underfunded and in need of more resources, not fewer. Help stop this appointed commission from forcing charters on districts that don’t want or need them.

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ACTION ALERT: Witness slips for charter expansion bill hearing on 3/28

Fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT for HB3567, a bill that prohibits charter schools from opening in financially distressed school districts in IL. There is a hearing for this bill Tuesday, 3/28 at 2pm in the Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

Please see below for detailed instructions.

 

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ACTION ALERT 3/29 hearing on LSC empowerment bill: Witness slips needed!

There is a hearing this Wednesday, March 29, in the IL House for HB3786, the LSC Empowerment Bill. Take 2 minutes to fill out a witness slip and share with your contacts.

Even if you filled out a witness slip for this bill recently, you should do so again. While this bill was on the hearing schedule previously, it did not come up for a vote and therefore the witness slip process needs to start over again.

Please see below for detailed instructions.

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ACTION ALERT 3/8 hearing on elected school board bill: Witness Slips Needed!

There is a hearing this Wednesday in the IL House for HB 1774, the elected school board bill.  Take 2 minutes to fill out a witness slip and share with your contacts who care about having more democracy, transparency, and accountability in our public education system.

Even if you filled out a witness slip for this bill recently, you should do so again. While this bill was on the hearing schedule previously, it did not come up for a vote and therefore the witness slip process needs to start over again. 

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Witness Slips for House Ed Comm Hearing 2/23

Updated: Neither of these bills will be heard this morning. Thanks to everyone who's filled out a slip so far. 

Please take a moment to file two witness slips for bills that will be heard in one of the IL House Education Committees this morning. We are asking people to oppose HB213 and support HB1774. Detailed instructions below.

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ACTION ALERT: Witness Slips Needed!

We are going to be asking you often to complete a Witness Slip to support or oppose bills in Springfield. Trust us... this is a super easy action and can be impactful! This week we are asking you to file three witness slips. Even if you filled out a witness slip for one of these bills last week, you should do so again.  Bills have two chances to get voted out of committee but they require new witness slips for each hearing, as they don't get carried over.   

Please see below for detailed instructions.

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ACTION ALERT: Two Witness Slips Needed Against Two IL Voucher Bills

We are going to be asking you often to complete a Witness Slip to support or oppose bills in Springfield.

Trust us... this is a super easy action!

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Our letter to Senators Durbin and Duckworth: Vote no on DeVos

On Tuesday, January 31, we and our sister organization, Raise Your Handdelivered hundreds of letters from Illinois parents and community members to the offices of Senators Durbin and Duckworth. Before the delivery, we hosted a press conference and a rally. Our message was clear: Just vote no!

 

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Tell Senate HELP Committee to #DumpDeVos

President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is scheduled for a nomination hearing in the US Senate two days from now, January 11th. Call the Senate HELP Committee and tell them to oppose her nomination.

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