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: Principal group opposes merit pay
The head of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association said Thursday that her members don’t support merit pay and efforts to reward them with bonuses for student achievement.
“Many principals are uncomfortable with a bonus structure only given to them, when raising student achievement is a team effort,” said Clarice Berry, the group’s president. (Tribune)
As Chicago launches bonus pay for principals, studies show no impact on student achievement. (WBEZ)
Education Week blogger Marilyn Anderson Rhames, a science teacher at a Chicago charter school, talks with CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard about his time as a teacher, his impressions of the Chicago Teachers Union, his aggressive reform agenda, and his peculiar management style. Here's Part 1 of the Q&A.
Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund is set to receive $3 million in federal Investing in Innovation, or i3, grant funds over the next three years for a pilot project to increase the quality of infant-toddler and preschool programs. (Catalyst)
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The District 113 Board of Education approved a plan to levy over $92 million for the 2011 tax year. (Highland Park Patch)
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Durham Public Schools, one of North Carolina's largest school districts, has pledged to end discriminatory practices against Hispanics, responding to a federal civil rights complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Fox News)
The Georgia State Board of Education recommended that the governor should not suspend Atlanta School Board members during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. (CBSAtlanta.com)
A New York county district attorney’s office has broadened its inquiry into suspected cheating on college admissions exams to at least 35 students in five schools, including students believed to have paid for a stand-in to take the ACT, a standardized test that is growing in popularity in the Northeast, as well as the more common SAT. (The New York Times)