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Drugs in schools

Most drug violations in CPS involve an ounce or less of marijuana. Schools are quick to call police, yet rarely have the resources to offer education, counseling or other non-punitive help to students.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 9:55am

Take 5: Interim IG investigates banned company, testing petition, school funding math

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Banned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel from work for the city, Windy City Electric Company still managed to get $3.1 million in contracts from CPS, according to a Better Government Association story in the Chicago Sun Times. Windy City was accused of falsely claiming to be owned and operated by women. According to the article, CPS can terminate a contract with any company that is banned by another city agency.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 5:42pm

As CPS irons out school budgets, charters will also get more cash

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CPS is increasing the per-pupil funding provided to charter schools for this year in order to “equalize” funding between them and traditional schools.

Charter school operators say that even with the slight increase, some of them are down so many students that they have had to shift spending around to create a balanced budget.

CPS will spend an additional $7.8 million on charter schools, but spokesman Bill McCaffrey says he is not sure how much more per-pupil that amounts to. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:37am

Seeking federal grant, Illinois promises huge investments in early childhood ed

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As part of an ambitious application for up to $80 million in new federal preschool expansion money, the State of Illinois says it can commit to increasing its own spending on early childhood education programs by $250 million annually by 2020.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:33am

Take 5: ISAT news, charter study and the corruption cure

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The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois students showed improvement in math in almost every grade last year, although the passing rates for reading dropped slightly.

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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:05am

Take 5: Looking back at LSCs, elected school board tussle, bullying lawsuit, Sharkey takes over CTU

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Education Week marks the 25th anniversary of the first LSC election with an article that looks at where they are today. One big question the article asks is why the local school council concept hasn't spread to other cities, if they are so successful (as proponents argue).

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 3:43pm

Comings and Goings: Slavin, WITS/Boundless Readers, Mazany

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Sarah Slavin is now the director of the New Teacher Center in Chicago. Previously she served as the education program officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and led Teach Plus as the executive director in Chicago. Slavin also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Foundation for Education.

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