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: No charters on closing list
While the state last week released detailed performance data for city charter schools for the first time, revealing that many schools from even the most prominent charter networks struggle to close the achievement gap for low-income students, not a single charter school made the schools closing list announced by CPS officials. (Tribune)
Stand for Children, the Oregon-based education reform group, whose deep pockets and skillful maneuvering made it a surprising powerhouse player in Springfield earlier this year, is regrouping after an embarrassing diatribe by its founder Jonah Edelman forced a leadership shuffle. (WBEZ)
More than 400 parents, community organizers and union members packed a "teach-in" at King College Prep High School in Kenwood Saturday to build grassroots opposition to plans for shutting down or overhauling 14 Chicago public schools. (Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union girds for contract battle, Greg Hinz of Chicago Business writes.
Being a charter doesn’t make school good or bad, writes columnist Esther Cepeda in the Sun-Times.
A legislative task force has demanded that Chicago Public School leaders appear before them in a public forum to explain in detail how they decided which schools to shake up because so far, CPS officials have been “blowing us off.” (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg faced tough questions last week on comments he made about two of the most sensitive issues in New York City education: teacher quality and class sizes. Speaking to students at M.I.T., the mayor said that in his ideal world he would fire half the city’s teachers and pay those remaining twice as much to teach classes double the current size. (The New York Times)
New Alabama education policy director will push for charter schools. Emily Schultz, 28, worked under Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools. (The Birmingham News)