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: Auto collisions high in school zones
Over a four-year period, nearly 1,700 youths between the ages of 5 and 18 were struck by vehicles in Chicago within about a block of a school, according to a Tribune analysis of the most recent accident data the city reported to the state.
Youths involved in accidents near schools represent an average of about 10 percent of all pedestrians hit by vehicles in the city over the five-year period.
SOCIAL SAVVY: CPS has compiled a Social Media Toolkit for principals who want to use social media to connect with their school communities. The online resource highlights creative and effective social media use by CPS schools in a "Social Media Trailblazer" video series.
CLOSURE CAUTION: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he’s looking forward to seeing the final report by the Commission on School Utilization, but he also sounded a cautionary note about the need for some schools to close. (CBS)
IN THE STATE
TIME OUT: Palatine Township Elementary School District 15 officials on Saturday morning withstood a barrage of criticisms and inquiries from parents unhappy about a controversial late start/early release provision in the 2013-14 teachers contract. (Daily Herald)
ARMED ALARM: While armed school resource officers have become a fairly standard presence in many schools, many suburban Chicago districts revealed virtually no interest in arming teachers or administrators, nor in increasing the number of armed security personnel. (Daily Herald)
TUITION TO RISE: Tuition will go up next year on all three University of Illinois campuses, but the 1.7 percent increase will be the smallest in nearly two decades. (Tribune)
CLOSINGS CALLED DISCRIMINATORY: The Philadelphia City Council voted 14-2 last Thursday in favor of a nonbinding resolution calling for a one-year moratorium on school closings, according to a press release issued by national grassroots reform movement called Journey for Justice. On Tuesday that group, representing 18 major cities across the country will call on the Department of Education to end what it calls the discriminatory closings of public schools serving predominantly low-income, minority students across the country, including in Chicago.
TARGETED FOR CLOSURE: MSNBC talk show host Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel of journalists discussed the closure of schools with predominantly low-income African American and Latino students.