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 names accountability chief
John Barker, chief of staff in Memphis City Schools, has been named chief of accountability in Chicago Public Schools. Barker, 45, will oversee all testing, research and accountability issues for the district and will report to CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and serve in her cabinet. He will start in early January. (The Commerical Appeal)
Subtsance News offers a play by play of last week's Chicago School Board meeting, during which the expansion of charter schools was one of the main agenda items. After an Executive Session, the board voted to approve two of the four new charter schools that had been on the agenda, and two were deferred after Barbara Byrd Bennett said she wanted to further check, the Board voted unanimously to approve "Intrinsic" and "Chicago Collegiate" charter schools. A total of 11 new charter schools and campuses are opening in September 2013, at a time when CPS says it has a hundred thousand "underutilized seats" across the system.
Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 delivered an intent to strike notice to school district offices Friday — a procedure that allows them to legally strike as early as Jan. 7. That would be the first scheduled day back from winter break, which started Friday afternoon after classes were dismissed. (The Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
While Head Start participation benefited children's learning and development during their time in the federally funded preschool program, those advantages had mostly vanished by the end of 3rd grade, a new federal study finds. (Education Week)
One of the nation’s premier medical schools, New York University, and a few others around the United States are challenging offering a small percentage of students the chance to finish early, in three years instead of the traditional four. (The New York Times)