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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DOn't you think kids would be better off with a laptop that they use to practice typing too? ipads are not the best for typing?
If students cannot take care of a textbook, why would they take care of an iPAD?
It is not just having technology available but changing the mindset of the student and their parents. Just...
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In the News: Public ed measures on many ballots
The Washington Post has a roundup on some of the important races around the country that matter to public education.
Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages, districts are giving parents news and information about their children's schools.
Florida voters appear to have pretty soundly rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have prohibited state government from discriminating (specifically in terms of financial aid) against religious organizations, including schools with religious affiliations. (Education Week)
A referendum to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the Michigan state constitution failed to pass last night, according to reports from the Great Lakes State. Unions poured hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the referendum, with Michigan Education Association reportedly spending about half a million, so a defeat comes as a big disappointment to them. (Education Week)
California voters weighed in on a ballot measure Tuesday that would raise taxes by $6 billion annually over seven years, bringing an end to an acrimonious, $123 million battle between Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the money was necessary to save the state’s public schools, and conservative opponents in and outside the state. (The New York Times