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: Emanuel interview on "choice" irks CTU
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is featured in a new online video produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group Foundation and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams that promotes charter schools and rips the Chicago Teachers Union. (Chicago News Cooperative)
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing state lawmakers to raise the age students can legally drop out of school from 17 to 18, a move aimed at improving graduation rates but one that local educators say won't accomplish much unless the state also provides the money to keep at-risk students in school. (Tribune)
Spending on state grants for low-income college students would jump by “tens of millions of dollars” under a push Gov. Pat Quinn will make in his State of the State address Wednesday. (Sun-Times)
Actor Matt Damon visits school in Englewood to prep students for project inspired by the progressive historian Howard Zinn. (WBEZ)
Facebook posts can be warnings, but Internet also has new ethical dilemmas for schools, therapists, the Tribune reports.
Thirty-two undergrads are enrolled this semester in “Occupy Everywhere,” a three credit political science course offered at Roosevelt University that takes a look at the movement and the issue of social inequality in the United States. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
A cadre of current and former chief state school officers is elbowing its way into the nation's education debate at a time when states are taking more control of K-12 education. Chiefs for Change is an invitation-only group of nine current and two former state chiefs whose causes include teacher evaluations tied to student achievement, more school choices for families, rewards for successful schools and more-intensive interventions for failing ones, and more-transparent accountability systems. (Education Week)