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: NATO money to fund school gardens
The city of Chicago will invest $1 million of unspent NATO Summit money on the development of educational vegetable gardens at 60 Chicago Public Schools. (Sun-Times)
In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, school systems around the chicago area are viewing and reviewing their school safety plans. Chicago Public School principals and teachers are being urged to review their emergency management plans. (WGN-TV)
New policies support wellness in Chicago Public Schools, representing a significant advance in students' nutrition and fitness needs, says Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign.
Hundreds of students at King College Prep, a selective enrollment high school on the South Side, walked out of class and staged a three-hour sit-in last Thursday, saying they were upset over new policies at the school and demanding the school's principal resign. (DNAinfo.com)
Renovating Uptown's four underutilized schools could come with a $33.7 million price tag, according to school district statistics. (DNAinfo.com)
IN THE STATE
Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 teachers will vote Wednesday on a three-year contract union and district officials have been negotiating for almost a year. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
New research attempts to determine the best way to measure principal effectiveness using students' test scores—and finds that the task is trickier than anticipated. Principal evaluation presents a number of questions: Should principals be evaluated based on the performance of teachers they didn't hire? Should they be measured for their immediate impact or for growth over time? How can we actually compare one principal to another working in an entirely different school or district context? (Education Week)