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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In the News: CPS gives $75K grants to charters
Chicago Public Schools announced it will give $75,000 grants to 36 charter schools so they can lengthen their school days in January and be studied before all traditional CPS schools switch to a longer day in the fall of 2012, according to the Sun-Times.
Public speaking competition gets youth talking about problems, solutions to community problems. (WBEZ)
Sara Glashagel, 27, a special education teacher who is the wife of Antioch Community High School's head football coach, allegedly got hold of an administrative password and inflated the grades for 64 students — 41 of them football players, authorities said. (Tribune)
IN THE NATION
A free program called in Massachusetts Let’s Get Ready gives low-income teenagers help filling out college applications, writing essays, practicing interviews and preparing for the SAT. (The New York Times)
Philip Kovacs, a former high school English teacher who teaches teachers at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, takes on Teach for America, raising questions about the school district’s decision to invest significant resources in bringing Teach For America interns to that city. (Education Week)
The Iowa City Community School District is having trouble meeting its goals for recruiting minority teachers. The school board is trying to increase its percentage of minority teachers from 4 percent to 6 percent. Only 36 of 904 teachers in the school district are minorities, while minority students make up nearly a third of the student body. (Press-Citizen)
Slashing its deficit from $327 million to a projected $84 million, Detroit Public Schools generated its first operating surplus since 2007, Emergency Manager Roy Roberts announced Monday. (The Detroit News)
New system makes Missouri graduation statistics look worse. (Kansas City Star)
Arizona State requires yearlong student-teaching for all undergraduate education majors, who must prove mastery of teaching skills. (Education Week)