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: CPS changes selective-enrollment tiers
The chances of getting a child into a selective-enrollment school will change for about a quarter of Chicago’s families next year under the latest update of the public school tier system, according to the Sun-Times.
Tiers that went up tended to be in gentrifying communities such as Logan Square or West Town. Declining tiers were spread across Bungalow Belt neighborhoods on the Northwest and Southwest Sides.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Carlos Azcoitia, a former teacher, principal and administrator with more than 30 years of experience to serve as a member of the Chicago Board of Education. Azcoitia currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at National Louis University. He also served as the founding principal of John Spry Elementary Community School in the Little Village community, which is the first school in Chicago to include a pre-kindergarten through high school program in one building. Azcoitia will replace Rod Sierra, who Emanuel appointed to the Chicago Housing Authority Board of Directors. (press release)
IN THE STATE
Lawmakers are getting set to debate teachers’ and state workers’ retirements once again, but some caution that a previous cut to benefits actually could cost the state money years from now. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
The Wall Street Journal has a highly critical piece on teachers unions, saying, "Unions fight as hard as they do because they have one priority—preserving their jobs and increasing their pay and benefits. Students are merely their means to that end."
A new teachers' contract in New Jersey's largest city, funded in part by a donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, should be a model for the nation on how to remake a struggling public school system through private-public partnership, Gov. Chris Christie said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)