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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.

In the News: CTU holds mayoral forum

State Sen. James Meeks drew hisses from the crowd at yesterday’s Chicago Teachers Union mayoral candidates forum. The candidates clashed over what kind of executive leader CPS needs. (Chicago Tribune, WGN)

WBEZ’s Linda Lutton takes a look at school segregation and “the
dynamics that come into play when higher income neighbors don’t feel
the neighborhood school is good enough for their kids.”

State Sen. James Meeks drew hisses from the crowd at yesterday’s Chicago Teachers Union mayoral candidates forum. The candidates clashed over what kind of executive leader CPS needs. (Chicago Tribune, WGN)

Related: Before the forum, candidate Carol Moseley-Braun talked to the Tribune’s political blog about education.

WBEZ’s Linda Lutton takes a look at school segregation and “the
dynamics that come into play when higher income neighbors don’t feel
the neighborhood school is good enough for their kids.”

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Chicago Board of Education postponed voting on a number of new charter schools and charter expansions.   (Fox Chicago, Catalyst) Interim schools CEO Terry Mazany told the Tribune that it happened because of community feedback and financial constraints.

CPS kicks off its annual “Safe Haven – Safe Holiday” winter activities program at some 80 sites across the city. (WGN)

A fight at Foreman High School on the city's Northwest Side led to 13 arrests; one police officer was hospitalized, and a teacher was also injured. (Chicago Breaking News)

The Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Urban Education Institute have released a video detailing their plans for a birth-to-college pipeline project. (Ed Week)

In the state 

Teachers testified Thursday in an effort to stop the education-reform legislation lawmakers are debating that would weaken tenure and unions. (Chicago Tribune) A local teacher who blogs for the Huffington Post adds his analysis.

State Board of Education Superintendent Chris Koch also has concerns over how the school reform plan is being handled. “...These are high-stake decisions, we want to make sure we're being fair, that these are thought through carefully," Koch told Fox News.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday approved more stringent rules governing who counts as a junior for the purpose of state testing. Previously, districts excluded some students  who should have been tested by not counting them as juniors. (Chicago Tribune)

In the nation

The parent petition drive that was set to trigger a charter conversion at a struggling Compton school is under investigation by the state of California following complaints of misconduct,

including deceit and intimidation. (Education Week)

The Brookings Institution has released a new report on the expanding federal role in charter school policy. The report discusses ways the federal government could support a more rigorous charter school authorizing process, and ensure that charter schools receive adequate funding.

The Senate has killed one bill with funding for two of the Obama administration’s education grant programs: the Early Learning Challenge Fund and Investing in Innovation grants. Education Week reports that it is unlikely the measure will be revived. School improvement grants and a federal teacher merit pay program also are likely to see changes.

Forbes blogger John Koppisch reflects on the documentary films that helped make education reform the hot issue of 2010.



As part of Race to the Top reform plans, Ohio will become one of the first states to rate schools of education based on teacher performance – including gains in students’ test scores. (Illinois has a similar plan in place, but it will not take effect until years in the future).

3 comments

Chico wants voucher too! wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

In the News: CTU holds mayoral forum

"Chico will support a voucher initiative that will allow parents of students in chronically failing schools to receive a $3,717 voucher toward elementary school tuition, and a $7,500 voucher toward highâ€school children which can be used at private and parochial schools."
I wish reporters would so SOME homework!

3700 voucher? wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

In the News: CTU holds mayoral forum

and i guess the parents will have to come up with the 10k? more?? some parents cant even pay for lunch or refuse to pay for lunch? this will open a WHOLE new can of worms!! i guarntee...students will enroll ...parents will pay the first sememester...then they will not be able to afford to pay the second...and then who is going to pay? or are the private schools goinng to be forced to keep them under chico's plans??? what's his plan...where will they go if all the public schools are closed???? 3700 aint gonna get you much of an education plus pay for free lunch i am sorry!

parent wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

In the News: CTU holds mayoral forum

Are there any schools that cost less than 7K a year?

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