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: More IL grads choose out-of-state colleges
The Tribune analyzed U.S. Department of Education data to determine where Illinois' high school graduates are going to college and found that for the fall 2010 semester, nearly one-quarter of all first-time students left the state — up from 17 percent a decade earlier.
Also: These Tribune graphics show that out-of-state schools enrolled more than 30,000 first-time freshmen from Illinois in Fall 2010, while nearly 17,000 out-of-state students enrolled at Illinois schools. More than half of those students enrolled in schools in nearby states, such as Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin. At the University of Missouri, freshmen from Illinois made up 18 percent of the class in fall 2011, a 300 percent increase since 2000. This fall it’s up to 21 percent.
Chicago Public Schools has engaged in widespread “educational apartheid” by forcing predominantly African-American students into privately run charter schools that often perform worse than their old schools and employ relatively few black and Hispanic instructors, the Chicago Teachers Union charged in a 53-page report it released on Thursday. (Crain's)
A Philadelphia activist writes about what she "learned about successful organizing from the Chicago teachers' strike leaders." (The Notebook)
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Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States, according to a new report on assessment finances. (Education Week)