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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: Teacher feedback on evaluations revealed

A study that will be released by Chicago Public Schools today shows teachers strongly oppose tying student achievement to their own performance. (Tribune)

Last spring, CPS and The Chicago Public Education Fund partnered to get feedback from teachers in designing a new evaluation system. Teachers provided feedback, which is summarized in a report posted the CPS website.

For parents who don’t speak English, having a conversation with a teacher can be difficult, but at a handful of schools in the Little Village neighborhood, some college students and future teachers are helping to translate the parent-teacher conference, according to WBEZ.

"In Chicago Public Schools, it's not the students who are short on respect for the teachers, although that is certainly a cause for concern in some schools," writes Jeff Libman, who teaches at Truman College in Chicago, in a Tribune op-ed. "It seems that the biggest threat to teachers' dignity comes from the very board of education that hires them to teach."

IN THE NATION

While much research points to 9th grade as a problem transition year, a new study suggests the move from elementary to middle school may be more of a worry. (Education Week)

The impending loss of accreditation for Kansas City, Mo., schools could cause an exodus of students to neighboring districts—and impose new financial burdens on the troubled Kansas City school system. (Education Week)

Mexicans, the fastest-growing major immigrant group in New York City, have the highest dropout rate: about 41 percent of Mexicans ages 16 to 19 have dropped out of school.

As class sizes swell to 45 students in many Oregon school districts, students feel the effects of claustrophobic desk arrangements, more noise, more distractions, and questions that go unasked or unanswered. (The Oregonian)

New initiatives underway at the local and state level for reporting and displaying education data will soon give parents across the Washington, D.C., region more readily available — and useful— information about how their public schools are doing. (The Washington Post)

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