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: Lewis criticizes top-down reform
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Tuesday that the wealthy backers of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to overhaul the city's troubled schools should donate money to support public education but otherwise butt out. (Tribune)
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, took swipes at her critics and used dramatic hyperbole to get her message across during Tuesday's regular meeting of the City Club of Chicago. She criticized U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the broader business community and those who support standardized student testing, which she said is wrongly being used to close schools in Chicago. (Crain's)
CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has said that she wants to separate the discussion on closing under-utilized schools from the discussion about opening charter schools, but at a City Council committee hearing Tuesday it was clear that Byrd-Bennett is unlikely to get her wish. (Catalyst)
IN THE NATION
Parents and teachers have been scrambling to cancel vacations, rearrange home swaps and negotiate with airlines since Monday night, when the New York City Department of Education and union leaders announced that they had agreed to cancel three days of February break, Feb. 20, 21 and 22, in an attempt to make up for the days lost after Hurricane Sandy. (The New York Times)
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