“That’s what happens when I start swimming. I start coming up with ideas” Says Chicago Mayor

The headline for this post comes from a quote by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who just announced with great fanfare a plan to give parents $25 gift certificates for parents who participate in conferences with their child’s teachers.

I’d like to suggest that he might be better served if he tried to empty his mind during his work-outs, considering his absolutely awful history of engaging parents in school.

There are far more substantial efforts he could support to encourage genuine parent engagement….

He might also want to read Why paying parents to attend school events is wrong.

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