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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DOn't you think kids would be better off with a laptop that they use to practice typing too? ipads are not the best for typing?
If students cannot take care of a textbook, why would they take care of an iPAD?
It is not just having technology available but changing the mindset of the student and their parents. Just...
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In the News: Data show truancy, crime link
Using state prison data, the Tribune calculated figures that it says serve as a grim reminder that absence from school in the early grades is often the first warning of criminal misconduct that can destroy young lives as well as burden society with the costs of street violence, welfare and prison.
10 QUESTIONS FOR CPS: Former education blogger Seth Lavin posed 10 questions to Chicago Public Schools officials about the school closing plan, asking "What data exist that shows closing underperforming schools results in academic gains for students?" Lavin shared his answers with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn.
DATA + EMOTIONS: School communities across the city are pulling out all the stops to make their case as the district prepares to make a final decision, due by the end of March, on what schools will be shuttered. Parents, teachers and community leaders are bringing healthy amounts of data and emotion to the meetings in their effort to convince district officials which schools should stay open. (Tribune)
NAVY BACKS STEM: The U.S. Department of the Navy on Friday disclosed plans to make a five-year, $2 million investment in students at Chicago’s Rickover Naval Academy and at five schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM. (Sun-Times)
PRESCHOOL SPENDING LAG: In 2011, Illinois ranked tops in the nation for its attention to 3-year-olds. But in the decade between 2002 and 2011, it cut its per-child preschool spending from $4,394 to $3,449, less than the national $4,151 per child average. (Sun-Times)
VIOLENCE RECOVERY: The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded Chicago Public Schools an Immediate Project School Emergency Response to Violence grant totaling nearly $50,000. The grant will provide assistance for recovery efforts following 35 shootings this past year at four high schools in the Greater Englewood community. (Campus Safety)
IN THE NATION
CHARTER CONFLICT: Michele Pastorello, the executive chef for the LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, N.J., will make $95,000 this school year—a $24,000 raise from last year. His contract is drawing scrutiny because he's the live-in boyfriend of the founder and board chair of the charter school, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
BUS DRIVERS BACK TO WORK: The main union for New York City’s school bus drivers ended its monthlong strike Friday, handing a victory to the Bloomberg administration, which had refused to give in to the union’s demands for job protections. (The New York Times)