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: D46 teachers go on strike
Teachers in Grayslake, Round Lake and other northern suburbs are going on strike this morning after they were unable to reach an agreement with Community Consolidated School District 46, the Tribune reports.
IN THE STATE
SUBPOENAS IN HAZING: Maine Township High School District 207 officials Tuesday morning confirmed the district has received subpoenas for documents from the Cook County state's attorney's office as part of its investigating into allegations of hazing at Maine West High School dating back to 2007. (Daily Herald)
ENERGIZING TEACHING: Teachers in Naperville Unit District 203 could have more defined career paths and compensation to match by the fall as part of Career 203, an initiative designed to energize teachers. (Trib Local)
IN THE NATION
GLOBAL GAP: The achievement gap between U.S. students and those from other nations on one global exam would narrow significantly if adjustments were made for social class. (Education Week)
ACCELERATED AND SEPARATED: At a New York City public school on the Upper West Side, the accelerated program is mostly white and middle class, unlike the rest of the school. (The New York Times)
TESTIMONY IN TEXAS: Government mandates hobble public school districts, making it more difficult for them to solve problems and implement new ideas, a school efficiency expert testified Tuesday at a lawsuit trial over Texas' education funding system. (San Antonio Express)
BOOKS ON PAPER: Children are embracing e-books by the millions, but most say they still would choose the printed version, according to Scholastic's biennial survey of children from 6-17 years old. (Education Week)
BUS DRIVERS WALK: New York City school bus drivers will walk off the job on Wednesday, their union announced Tuesday, after more than a year of strike threats. (Gotham Schools)