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: Unprepared to teach Common Core
Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them, especially to disadvantaged students, according to a new survey.
TEACHING CHARACTER: Many school administrators are realizing character education, once thought of as an intrusion on the school day, can actually help students perform better. (Education Week)
IN THE STATE
PAY INCREASES: Teachers in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 could receive annual raises of more than 3 percent over a three-year period under terms of a new contract made public Thursday. (Daily Herald)
TALKING CONTRACTS: Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board candidates are addressing how they would approach talks on a new contract for teachers, who went on strike over pay and benefits in January. (Daily Herald)
OUTSOURCING BUSING: The strife over Palatine Township Elementary District 15's decision to explore outsourcing its busing system has spilled over to contract negotiations. The District Transportation Union this week posted a copy of the board of education's initial proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement on its website and Facebook page. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
FUNDING PUBLIC EDUCATION: Two years after spending cuts of $5.4 billion to schools, budget writers in the State Senate on Thursday approved a $1.4 billion increase for public education in the first clear signal that the new Legislature may pour money back into public schools. (The New York Times)