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: Michelle Rhee under a harsh light
Former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is coming under some withering criticism of late. In addition to her coming memoir getting panned, PBS' "Frontline" raises questions about test-score tampering under her administration.
Rhee's StudentsFirst group loses top Democrats, hires new president. (Huffington Post)
Rhee has a new memoir, “Radical, Fighting to Keep Children First,” coming out soon and Washington Post reporter Bill Turque, who covered her tenure as D.C. schools chancellor, says the book is notable for what it's missing.
The Chicago Teachers Union issued a statement saying it supports all efforts to ban assault weapons in the state of Illinois. And the union encouraged elected officials, Board of Education leaders and policy experts to join gun control advocates in banning assault weapons in the state.
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is blaming the teachers union for stalled talks on a new teacher evaluation system and expressed his anger on his radio show by comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association. (The Washington Post)
In a report issued Monday, Michelle Rhee's group StudentsFirst ranks states based on how closely they follow the group’s platform, looking at policies related not only to tenure and evaluations but also to pensions and the governance of school districts. The group uses the classic academic grading system, awarding states A to F ratings. With no states receiving an A, two states receiving B-minuses and 12 states branded with an F, StudentsFirst would seem to be building a reputation as a harsh grader. (The New York Times)
Connecticut organizations are seeking to ensure that the Sandy Hook community has support now and in the future. (Education Week)