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: Longer day may be too much, parents say
Some parents are speaking out, forming groups, drafting petitions and setting up Facebook pages to call on CPS to rethink the 7.5 hour extended day, which they say is making their children physically and mentally exhausted, the Tribune reports.
Rod Estvan of Access Living, an advocate for students with disabilities, released a copy of a letter sent to CEO Jean-Claude Brizard earlier this month expressing opposition to the closure of Crane High, which enrolls a higher-than-average percentage of special education students. Wells, where new Crane students would be assigned, also has a poor track record with disabled students, Estvan points out. He supports the co-location of Chicago Talent Development High in the Crane building.
The Sun-Times is now reporting on charges that cash-strapped Chicago residents are being hired as “rent-a-protesters” and given pre-made signs and pre-crafted scripts to support school shakeups.
WBEZ reports, too, that busloads of protesters are being paid by pastors who support school closings to attend school closing hearings.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is replacing longtime Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey with a technology-focused administrator from the West Coast. Brian Bannon, chief information officer for San Francisco's public libraries, will take over in Chicago in March. (Tribune)
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took a stand against school lunch fraud last week when he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting a closer look at how families apply for free or reduced meals. (The Daily Northwestern)
Two teenage girls suffered minor gunshot wounds Tuesday evening near a Bronzeville performing arts high school, Chicago police said this morning. (Tribune)
IN THE NATION
In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama called directly on universities to hold down costs and urged states to raise the dropout age to 18. (Education Week)
Also, in his State of the Union speech, Obama, called for community colleges and businesses to form partnerships to train students with skills employers in their area explicitly need—programs that community colleges in Chicago have in place. (Sun-Times)
American policymakers are examining how other nations invest in getting their students ready for life after high school. (Education Week)
Educators say it will take more than dollars to lure effective teachers to struggling D.C. schools.