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: Lawmakers target CPS truancy 'epidemic'
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia on Tuesday introduced legislation to create a task force to "address the truancy and excessive absences epidemic" in Chicago's public elementary schools, the Tribune reports.
The resolution creating the panel would have to be approved by the state House and Senate, either during the remaining days of the veto session or in January. Both Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett have said they would support the task force.
Some Illinois lawmakers are criticizing Chicago Public Schools' timetable for closing an unknown number of schools. But despite that criticism, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett got committee support to delay announcement of which schools the district would close this year. The delay still needs approval from the full House and Senate. (WBEZ)
State Rep. Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago, who co-sponsored 2010 legislation that requires CPS to announce school closings by Dec. 1, said Tuesday that she remains undecided on whether to allow Chicago Public Schools four more months to produce a list of school closings, even as legislation on the extension moved to the House and Senate floors. (Tribune)
Here's a video of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett addressing the City Club of Chicago on Monday.
IN THE STATE
Naperville School District 203 authorities recently ruled out a proposal to adjust the barometers for determination of academic success on standardized tests on the basis of students’ race, but the school system is taking other measures to ensure the playing field is as level as they can make it. The district is updating its diversity plan, and a survey slated for early 2013 will assess students’ and staff’s views of how its minority populations are treated. (Naperville Sun)
IN THE NATION
Schools across the country are divided over how to handle pregnant students, and many schools say they can't afford costly support programs. (Education Week)
To improve the student-teaching experience, teacher education programs are taking more care in picking and guiding "cooperating" teachers. (Education Week)