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 students face a day with no heat
Ray Salazar, a CPS English teacher who writes "The White Rhino" blog, describes in rather heart-warming detail how teachers and students at his school got through a day in an unheated building on the Southwest Side.
Salazar's students sat in classes with their coats on. "By 1:45, my room was freezing," Salazar writes. "But they still engaged in a conversation about decision making. One student shivered every once in a while. At the end of the day, students chatted and chewed bubble gum by their lockers. They smiled. They slowly went home."
Chicago school teachers, paraprofessionals and other activists will take their anti-school closing message to parents and other residents at several el stops during Friday morning and evening rush hours, according to a CTU press release.
The Chicago Teachers Union has completed a study suggesting that Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and the owners of the United Center are paying less than a quarter of the property taxes they should be paying on the arena. The study also suggests that the money Reinsdorf saved dwarfs a contribution he made to help launch a Nobel Network charter school. (DNAInfo)
IN THE STATE
A former Maine West High School soccer player who says he was sodomized as part of a hazing ritual by members of the varsity soccer team spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the attack. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
High school students are using online forums to collect information about college and connect with admissions' officers. (Education Week)
The University of Wisconsin and the National Council on Teacher Quality reached a settlement in the legal dispute between them related to NCTQ’s review of over 1,100 teacher preparation programs in the United States. The report, to be distributed by U.S. News & World Report in spring 2013, will highlight the country’s programs that are considered most effective at producing classroom-ready teachers and is designed to serve as a consumer guide to prospective teachers and district leaders and a resource to programs seeking to improve, according to the press release from the NCTQ.
Edutopia looks at the new digital divide—the sharp socioeconomic division between those that have savvy tech professionals and the high-speed connections that can support WiFi-dependent tablets or laptops, and those that lack these basic internal support structures for individual student devices, let alone the funds to purchase them for all students.