CHICAGO (CBS)– There’s a new program in several Chicago Public Schools designed to get parents more involved in their children’s education.

Twelve schools will have Parent Engagement Centers–rooms that have six Microsoft donated computers so parents can become more computer literate, taking away the fear some of them have about being able to help their own children online.

Mayor Emanuel said parents will “have a room that’s dedicated to them in their child’s own school, reinforcing the message there’s no division between the front door of the school and the front door of the home”.

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The mayor also said, “being at that school only reinforces to the child the message that the school and the home are locked on one future for that child, which is a a great education so they can achieve”.

Another parent incentive program, tried recently at 70 schools, was a big success he said. The program worked by providing parents who showed up for report card pickup 25 dollar Walgreens’ gift cards. The mayor said nearly 90% of parents at those schools showed up. That was a higher rate than the rest of the system.

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