Inspired by a charter network that requires teachers to visit students’ homes twice a year, Chicago Public Schools’ new CEO, Jean-Claude Brizard, said house calls would be a good idea for district schools. “That comment precipitated an outburst of alarm from teachers across the city concerned about safety and whether they would get compensated for the after-school visits, reports the Chicago Tribune.
During a news conference at an UNO school, Brizard said, “Four hundred thousand kids in CPS, 25,000 teachers. If you count principals, assistant principals, office staff — if we each took 10 kids and promised to visit one a month, can you imagine? We could do it too.”
When asked about teacher safety in violence-plagued communities, he said, “Our kids go there every day, so why not?”
The teachers union called the suggestion a “half-baked” idea, and teachers took to local blogs to complain.
“Where is the responsibility of the parents? There is no responsibility on their part. I am not going to do it,” wrote one teacher.
The district has no plans for home visits.
Home visits should be voluntary for both teachers and parents, suggests Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, a nonprofit with programs in 11 states. It recommends a small stipend — $20 to $35 per visit — for teachers.