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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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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:54am

Take 5: Simeon electrician program, Lewis campaign, middle school dropouts

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Late Wednesday afternoon CPS announced that Simeon High School’s electricity program will be “reinstated” for the coming school year. In addition, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will offer jobs to students who complete the three-year program.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:19pm

State delays requirement for teachers of preschool English learners

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The Illinois State Board of Education voted on Wednesday to delay a requirement for preschool teachers to obtain additional qualifications to teach children who don’t speak English.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:32pm

Comings and Goings: Torres

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Jose Torres has been named president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, succeeding Catherine Veal, who served as interim president after Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee retired last summer.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 - 7:55am

Take 5: Safe Passage expansion, closed, vacant buildings and more on Concept

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A meeting of parents and community members about a shooting in North Lawndale spurred CPS officials to finally divulge some information about how they plan to expand the Safe Passage program. In presenting the 2014-15 budget in July, officials said they would expand Safe Passage by $1 million to $10 million, but they did not say where the new routes would be.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:05am

State preschool gains “erode” to 2005 levels

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After years of budget cuts, enrollment in state-funded preschool programs in Illinois has fallen to levels not seen in nearly a decade – before the state rolled out its ambitious Preschool for All initiative, according to a new report by Voices for Illinois Children.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 10:02am

Take 5: UNO making a break; Karen Lewis' loot and preschool information

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After this school year, the UNO Charter School Network will no longer be managed by the United Neighborhood Organization, the community organization that started it all, according to The Chicago Tribune. It is unclear what this will mean for the beleaguered charter school network, which runs 16 schools, mostly in Latino neighborhoods across Chicago.

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