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: Laid-off teachers still trying to get rehired
Dozens of laid-off Chicago Public School teachers and paraprofessionals shared their concerns and questions at a little-publicized meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union’s Displaced Members Committee at CTU headquarters last week, according to Substance News.
Valerie Leonard, co-founder of The Lawndale Alliance, offers five reasons why Chicago should have an elected school board.
IN THE NATION
Education came up several times during Monday night’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney that was supposed to focus on foreign policy. The Washington Post captured some of the best tweets about what was said about eduction.
Minority students at New York City’s top private schools say they are confronted by a racial and economic divide that manifests itself as indifference and social segregation. (The New York Times)
The Gates Foundation, the country's most influential education-policy organization, has quietly ended financial support for a national group formed to push for favored reforms, including an overhaul of teacher evaluations. Communities for Teaching Excellence, headed by former L.A. school board member Yolie Flores, is planning to close its doors next month. (Los Angeles Times)