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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In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices
Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is planning to add more positions to the district’s central office and reduce the number of area offices as part of an administrative reorganization at the nation’s third-largest school system, according to Chicago News Cooperative.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is planning to add more positions to the district’s central office and reduce the number of area offices as part of an administrative reorganization at the nation’s third-largest school system, according to Chicago News Cooperative. The shakeup will include the creation of a Chief Community and Family Engagement Officer position to oversee the district’s strategy for community engagement. Brizard is also expected to eliminate five area offices — which oversee geographic clusters of schools — cutting the number of offices from 24 to 19.
Brizard will tell Chicago Board of Education members Wednesday that the district will change the structure of its middle managers, whom some in the system call "mini-superintendents." Chief area officers will be renamed "schools chiefs" and grouped to include all the high school and elementary principals in a region so the chiefs can work to align curriculum. (Tribune)
During Mayor Daley's aggressive push to close neighborhood schools and open charters under Renaissance 2010, the percentage of black teachers in Chicago Public Schools dropped from 40.6 percent in 2000 to 29.6 percent in 2010, according to a recent study by Northern Illinois University. (Progress Illinois)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday his decision to send his kids to the University of Chicago Lab Schools was made “as a parent in the best interest of my children,” insisting that it’s not a value judgment on the Chicago Public Schools. (Sun-Times)
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The Cary Elementary District 26 board has named a pair of assistant principals for the expanding Cary Junior High School campus. (Daily Herald)
In the nation
Cincinnati Public Schools are a step closer to putting a levy on the November ballot. (WLWT)
The website takepart.com has compiled a list of the Top 5 most shocking public school cheating scandals.