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: ISBE could end school buses
The yellow school bus may become history. The Illinois State Board of Education is considering drafting legislation to eliminate the mandate that school districts provide student transportation by the 2013-14 school year. (Rockford Register Star)
CPS' longer school day debate gets national coverage on NPR, in a story focusing on on the mayor's push and those who oppose it and want more details before proceeding.
Ogden School to address controversial rooftop playground that some say almost looks like a prison yard. (Tribune)
Bus Tracker lets students in high-crime areas feel safer about after-school programs knowing that they didn’t have to wait at the bus stop for a long time. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
A history teacher at KIPP San Franciso Bay Academy charter school has taken his classroom entirely paperless. The use donated Chromebooks, simple laptops developed by Google to run Web-based applications, read their lessons on the class website, and use Google software to turn in homework, create presentations, take quizzes and collaborate with each other on projects. (San Francisco Examiner)
If the Buffalo Public School District loses millions in state grants because its teachers union fails to ratify a proposed evaluation system, an influential state lawmaker says New York State should take over the district. (Buffalo News)
Another $60 million in grants for the Promise Neighborhoods program will be made available by the U.S. Department of Education, both for existing grantees and for a new round of grants, the department announced Friday. (Education Week)
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced last week that the city would open 54 new schools in the fall, many of them in spaces vacated by schools being closed. (NYT)