Some ideas Chicago tried before:
Official Proposes Grading Parents Hartford Courant
Mike Vaughn, a spokesman for the Chicago school district, said the program was dropped after about a year in part because the superintendent who had championed the plan left for a new job.
Some folks from Chicago trying to get hired elsewhere:
Pastor's job qualifications released Arizona
In her resume, Pastor highlighted a three-year stint managing a project with Chicago Public Schools to create partnerships with museums in the city.
An idea from DC that might -- or might not work:
D.C. Mayor Appoints First Public Education Ombudsman Washington Post
The ombudsman position is considered critical to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's school reform effort.