CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says some likes the idea of teachers house calls, as one group of charter schools has suggested.
As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, teachers at UNO Charter Schools try to make two visits to students’ homes a year to keep families involved.READ MORE: Oak Park Condo Owners Say Repair Work Has Gone Nowhere After More Than A Year And A Half, Despite Hefty Fees To Contractor
Brizard says he’d like to see something like that systemwide someday.
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“We need to have a much better connection between the homes and the schools, so I don’t know how we could actually implement that, but it’s possible, when you look at the number of adults in our system, the number of kids, and the ratio between the two,” Brizard said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Low 20s Monday Night; Arctic Cold Front Coming Wednesday Morning
A reporter noted that some kids live in dangerous neighborhoods. Would he ask teachers to go those areas?
“Our kids go there every single day, so why not? As a teacher, I visited schools; I visited homes. I’d go through Bushwick, Brooklyn; it was not a cupcake neighborhood,” Brizard said. “So if our kids go there every single day, why shouldn’t our adults go there too? Why shouldn’t we walk in those neighborhoods too?”
The nine UNO Charter Schools are also lengthening their school year without making teachers work more days, and Brizard likes that innovation too. The UNO schools plan to convert days when teachers had worked when students were not in the classroom.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
But the Chicago Teachers Union, whose members have just had a promised pay raise taken away, says the Emanuel Administration is coming up with half-baked ideas.