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: CTU unveiling its education plan
The Chicago Teachers Union plans to unveil its comprehensive plan to strengthen the quality of education in Chicago Public Schools during a news conference at 9:30 this morning.
The plan, “Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve,” is being released at a time when CTU is in the middle of tense negotiations with CPS for a new contract. (Catalyst Chicago)
A day after Chicago Public Schools officials announced plans to revise a sick day policy that's allowed employees to accumulate sick days over multiple years, district administrators said they want to reduce the number of vacation days that can be accrued as well. The district says after paying more than $41 million in vacation day payouts over the last five years, the proposed limitations could add up to a savings of $2.5 million. (Tribune)
WBEZ has a lengthy piece on a middle school on Chicago’s West Side, Chicago Jesuit Academy that teaches—and grades— life skills right up there with book learning.
IN THE NATION
Sixteen years ago, an Oxford-trained economist, Charlotte Danielson, developed a method for evaluating teachers that became the foundation for attempts by federal and state officials and school districts to quantify teacher performance. The New York Times' SchoolBook visited Danielson in Princeton, N.J., where she lives. In an interview, she explains how she became interested in education and how business has boomed since the Race to the Top program made evaluations a condition for federal money.
Campaigning in Idaho on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suggested that he is opposed to a public school system overseen by the government. (CBS News)
The New York schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, met on Monday with about 500 parents at an Upper West Side elementary school and promised to determine whether “gaps” in the city’s administrative procedures had led to the hiring of a teacher’s aide with a troubled history, parents who attended the meeting said. (The New York Times)
PlayOn! Sports will be launching the first-ever nationwide, 24-hour high school sports network on TVs, mobile devices, and the Internet, the company announced Monday. (Education Week)