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: State owes public schools $768 million
Two-thirds of Illinois school districts are operating in the red, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. Since 2010, the state has come up lacking in general state aid for Illinois public school districts every year, shorting them $518 million for the 2012-13 school year alone. In all, the state owes public school districts $768 million, according to the Rockford Register Star.
CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER: Dr. Stephanie A. Whyte has joined Chicago Public Schools as its first ever Chief Health Officer. A board-certified pediatrician, she oversees student health and wellness policy and programming for the district with the goal of improving student achievement by removing health-related barriers. Whyte will collaborate with the Chicago Department of Public Health on the “Healthy Schools” component of the citywide “Healthy Chicago” initiatives. (Release)
STUDENT HEATLH: CPS has unveiled its Healthy CPS Action Plan, a district-wide initiative to improve the health and wellness of Chicago’s students, according to a press release. Under the plan, CPS will work with the city's park district to provide increased space for physical activity to 150,000 students; double the number of school-based gardens, increasing student access to fresh foods and providing new opportunities for hands-on science education; develop and implement a standardized curriculum for physical education across all grade levels; expand access to free oral health exams, dental cleanings and sealants for all high school students; ensure all students receive a free vision screening and that students who fail their screenings have access to a local optometrist and free eyeglasses.
IN THE STATE
ADDRESSING HAZING: Maine West in Des Plaines is one of the three Maine Township High School District 207 schools that will be conducting focus groups this month with a consultant hired to address hazing and bullying. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
FUNDING INCREASE: Wisconsin's Republican president of the state Senate and the chairman of the Education Committee said Friday they are proposing an alternative plan to GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would allow public school spending to increase $150 more per student in each of the next two years. (San Francisco Chronicle)