The historic closing of 49 elementary schools in Chicago left many parents bitter and feeling left out as they try to get involved in new schools. Yet parent engagement is essential for school improvement, and principals are faced with the challenge of building trust at schools that scored poorly on surveys of parent involvement.
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Laptops would help with typing skills. The problem always seemed to be the poor wireless connections.
DOn't you think kids would be better off with a laptop that they use to practice typing too? ipads are not the best for typing?
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In the News: Emanuel has harsh words for CTU
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the teachers union's efforts to block additional elementary schools from adopting an extended school day is akin to "cheating children out of an education," the Tribune reported following a Thursday press conference promoting new financial incentives for charters willing to adopt a 7 1/2 hour school day.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement Thursday that most charter schools eligible for the financial incentives to lengthen the day by 90 minutes was held in a charter school that already has a longer day — and one of the district's lowest performance levels. (Catalyst)
Chicago schools officials will use a complicated formula to help determine which schools will be closed, consolidated or designated to be turned around. (Chicago News Cooperative)
Pharmaceutical wholesaler H. D. Smith announced on Thursday that Dave Watkins, CFO, will leave the company to join Chicago Public Schools as its new CFO, effective Nov. 7. (Drug Store News)
The Chicago Board of Education is disregarding a call by the district's inspector general to rescind the residency waiver it granted Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley, who lives in Winnetka. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
Worth School District 127 will be the first public school system in Illinois to use a social studies program that will, among other upgrades, replace textbooks more than a decade old. (The Reporter Online)
The field of possible replacements for retiring Ball-Chatham School Superintendent Bob Gillum has been narrowed to seven people. (State Journal Register)
A motion that would have allowed the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education to move forward on videotaping their meetings failed Thursday. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
New York Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott unveiled a plan this week to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education, proposing the creation of a parent academy and greater powers for parent coordinators, among other measures. (NYTimes SchoolBook)
Nowhere is the disconnect between billionaires and public school teachers more stark than when it comes to merit pay proposals, Los Angeles teacher David Lyell writes. (Huffington Post)
A new series of courses at 15 New York City high schools is aiming to make students aware of the politics, marketing and demographics of the food industry. (The New York Times)
Publishers are tapping into cloud computing to offer a wider array of digital resources, such as e-textbooks. (Education Week)
A few colleges across the USA are offering late-late classes that cater to the schedules of students with children or inflexible jobs. (USAToday)