Power of Parents

More on Mayor Emanuel’s Transition Plan:

Initiative #34 focuses on engaging parents to help improve education.

We could not agree more.

And it is particularly good to see that the Transition Team chose to highlight ideas focused on building long-term relationships, such as requiring parent-teacher agreements. This is something that has long been a practice at Chicago Commons.

And it is equally notable what is absent. During the Mayoral campaign, it was reported that Emanuel was considering a “parent trigger” approach that would allow parents to vote to shut-down and re-open schools. A parent trigger approach could cast a political shadow over the parent-school relationship. Glad to see this idea was left out of the transition plan.