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: CPS teachers tailoring lesson plans
Under their new contract, CPS teachers have more flexibility in writing their lesson plans, but the Chicago Teachers Union said some schools are asking teachers to fill out extra forms with their plans. (Sun-Times)
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said last week that she will lobby to stop the extension of a deadline to announce local school closings. (WBEZ)
IN THE NATION
Los Angeles teachers are finding value in the new evaluation system as it rolls out, but administrators doing the reviews complain about how time-consuming they are. (Los Angeles Times)
A new study has found that inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are disproportionately more likely to be assigned to lower-performing math students, perpetuating the achievement gap. (Los Angeles Times)
For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid a longtime educator to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, the educator, Clarence Mumford Sr., received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis. (The New York Times)