Tuesday AM News: Charter Schools, Vocational Schools and Principal for a Day

4 charter schools endorsed Tribune
Four charter schools with a twist are being recommended to the Chicago Public Schools board for approval to open in the fall.

You have to see 'Principal for a Day' to believe it Sun-Times
"Principal for a Day" is such a "you had to be there" event that it ought to be a movie. Then, more people would understand how 1,600 private sector leaders, thrown onto the front lines of urban education at 8 a.m. on a Thursday, could get so fired up about the urgency of public education by lunchtime.

Vocational school plan sets high goals Sun-Times
Austin Polytechnical Academy will be among at least four new school proposals up for Chicago School Board approval this month, but it's the only one that will produce graduates with high school diplomas and nationally recognized industrial certificates.

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  • If the Mayor and the CEO of CPS really want to help all kids move through school and into jobs and careers, then events like Principal for a Day need to ask corporate leaders to adopt neighborhoods, not just schools. By adopting neighborhoods companies can encourage volunteers to become involved in non-school programs as well as school based programs and companies can split charity dollars to support both schools and the non profit youth serving organizations in the neighborhoods of the schools.

    While it seems right that schools should be looking for money where ever they can find it, this is a short sighted strategy if it takes money away from non-school learning supports that are critical to helping kids come to school prepared to learn.

    I wrote about this at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com

    I hope readers will take a look.

  • I do think this idea could start at the neighborhood level. It could be initiated by schools, business, churches, CBOs or even youth in a service learning project.

    In the Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org you can search by zip code to find organizations that offer various forms of tutoring and/or mentoring. I'll soon be adding a Google map interface so that if you pull up an organization in a zip code, you can then also search to see what businesses, churches or hospitals are in the same zip code, who should be interested in adopting the neighborhood and all of its youth serving organizations, not just the school.

    If you're interested in talking more about this, come to the Tutor/Mentor Conference on Nov. 30. Learn about it at http://tutormentorconference.bigstep.com

    Dan Bassill

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