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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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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:22pm

Latino Youth Alternative School teachers to vote on union contract

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Nearly five years after they started organizing to form a union, teachers at the alternative Latino Youth High School in Pilsen say they’re preparing to vote on their first labor contract.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 8:16am

Take 5: Dyett's future, summer of SUPES, Duncan re-thinks testing

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The Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization announced today that CPS officials called some of Dyett’s remaining students last week to encourage them to transfer to another school. During a press conference this morning, KOCO leader Jitu Brown said the move indicates CPS intends to close the school one year earlier than planned and that the students, all seniors, “are now being displaced for the last year of their high school.”

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 4:26pm

Concept Charter won’t open in Chatham this fall

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With less than two weeks to go before the start of school, CPS leaders announced Thursday that Concept Charter Schools’ Chatham location will not be opening. The school had 400 elementary school students registered.

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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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