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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Laptops would help with typing skills. The problem always seemed to be the poor wireless connections.
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?
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In the News: Top ACT scores rise in Chicago area
A select group of districts across the Chicago region are producing multiple top ACT scores among their students — and certain schools in the north and near northwest suburbs are particularly prolific, the Tribune reports.
Seven of the top 10 Chicago-area high schools with the best combined test scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam — which includes the ACT and is taken by all juniors in the state — recorded multiple 36s (a perfect score) in the class of 2013, according to the Illinois State Board of Education's recently released annual school report cards.
Supporters of an elected school board in Chicago say they have new momentum Wednesday. That’s after an advisory measure passed overwhelmingly Tuesday night to end a mayor-appointed board. Only a fraction of the city’s precincts got to weigh in, but about 85 percent of voters in those 327 precincts favored electing the city’s school board. (WBEZ)
IN THE STATE
Oak Park-River Forest Supt. Steven Isoye will remain at the high school through 2018 after receiving a five-year contract extension from the District 200 Board of Education on Tuesday. (OakPark.com)
IN THE NATION
The District of Columbia has higher-than-desirable teacher turnover, but a report finds that the public school system is succeeding in holding onto its best teachers at nearly twice the rate as its lowest performers. (The Washington Post)
With the passage of Proposition 30 in California, college students will be spared another round of tuition increases and younger students will avoid a shorter school year. (Los Angeles Times)
Public school teachers spend billions of their own funds on student needs. (Truthout)