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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.

Catalyst Notebook

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:09pm

Scalding school closing report unlikely to get a hearing


A scalding report that criticizes CPS for the way it handled the mass closing of schools last year likely will not get a public hearing as requested by state task force members. 

As for why, that’s in dispute. 

State Rep. Linda Chapa La Via, chair of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, said she requested a hearing but has little hope that it will ever be held. “Everything is politics,” she said with a sigh.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:19am

Take 5: CPS grads hiring preference, Common Core money and governor endorsements


1. Touting it as a way to keep CPS students in school, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending a decision he made two years ago to give preference in firefighter hiring to Chicago Public School graduates. Now that the Chicago Fire Department has opened up hiring, writes Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown, several elected officials say they are getting complaints from families of private school students.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 8:21am

Take 5: Charter admission transparency; new political coalition and career ed


1. Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed into law legislation intended to address some of the common complaints about charter schools, like that they are secretive or that they kick kids out and keep the money. HB3232 requires funding to follow students who transfer to and from charter schools throughout the school year. It also requires charter schools to video tape admission lotteries and turn over the video to the school district. In addition, charter schools will have to submit yearly audits and tax forms to ISBE.

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 3:03pm

Comings and Goings: Price, King, Okezie-Phillips, new principals


John Price, former chief of schools of Network 4 for Chicago Public Schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools for Evanston/Skokie Elementary School District 65. No replacement has yet been named.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:54am

Take 5: Former CPS official's credentials in question, progressive politics, summer school


Terrence Carter, who went from principal at Barton Elementary School to chief academic officer at Academy for Urban School Leadership, is having trouble getting his contract approved as superintendent of New London School District in Connecticut. At issue is whether he overstated his credentials by claiming he holds a doctorate, not only on his resume, but for years among colleagues in CPS and on professional documents.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 4:24pm

$5.8 billion schools budget gets final stamp of approval


Criticism from watchdog groups aside, School Board members on Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.8 billion budget while conceding that it was problematic to use a one-time accounting maneuver to erase a deficit.