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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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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:37am

Take 5: Danger in interest-rate swaps; Winckler's gone and Lane cuts architecture

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For years, the Chicago Teachers Union has been warning that so-called “toxic” swaps are costing the district millions and that they put it in a precarious position.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Take 5: Marshall principal laid off, FOIA lawsuit, recruiting students

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In a developing story, teachers at Marshall High School are outraged that Principal Angel Johnson was told Friday that she was being reassigned. “It is really distressing that this is happening three weeks into the school year,” says Stacey Cruz-de la Pena, the chair of the math department. She says the staff is supportive of Johnson, pointing out that Marshall’s freshman on-track rate has improved from 56 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in 2014 with Johnson at the helm.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:09pm

Hundreds of school custodians to be laid off

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Some 476 custodians, one-fifth of the 2,500-some employed by CPS or private companies, are in the process of being laid off, says CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:01am

Comings and Goings: Husbands

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Jennifer Husbands was recently named founding executive director of Schools that Can (STC) Chicago.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 3:47pm

Grassroots and union activists urge universal preschool in Chicago

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As New York City rolls out an ambitious plan to offer free full-day prekindergarten for tens of thousands of 4-year-olds this fall, community activists and union members in Chicago say it’s time for universal early childhood education and child care in the Windy City.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:09pm

Dirty schools the norm since privatizing custodians: principals

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The $340 million privatization of the district’s custodial services has led to filthier buildings and fewer custodians, while forcing principals to take time away from instruction to make sure that their school is clean.

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