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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: Charter grooms future lawyers

Founders of a new Chicago charter school hope to increase diversity in the legal profession. The formula at Legal Prep Charter Academies in the city's West Garfield Park neighborhood includes a principal with a law degree, field trips to law firms and a biology class is inspired by the science of crime scene investigations. (WBEZ)

Once aimed at helping struggling readers, English language learners and disabled students, graphic novels are moving into honors and college-level Advanced Placement classrooms and attracting students at all levels. (Tribune)

IN THE NATION
Mean girls and bullies may sit at the top of the classroom pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests in real life, kindness is linked to popularity among middle schoolers. (Education Week)

A Los Angeles-area nonprofit that provides education services to low-income families and poverty-stricken communities received a $30-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education on Friday. The Youth Policy Institute is one of seven agencies in the nation to be awarded a Promise Neighborhood grant, implemented in 2010 by President Obama, and will receive $6 million every year for five years. (Los Angeles Times)

2 comments

Tom Meade wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

Clean Up Corruption

One good thing BBB is doing is exposing hidden agendas at schools. Some Principals have been lying about enrollment and performance. Now parents can wee how well their children's schools have been performing. Some of them have not been doing so well. There is a big shout out. Students deserve the best of education; not the worst of education. Some schools need a change in Administration. Being on probation for 5 or more years in a row is not champion. Sometimes Administrative change will help the needs of a school.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

AP classes

I can't believe Graphic Novels are used in AP classes. Talk about dumbing down the standards. Graphic novels are for those who really cannot read. What are they doing in advanced placement level classes? Is this a joke? I know college freshman english classes loaded with poor readetrs. This could be why. Forget the classics and read this picture book instead! We'll give you AP credit and the grades for collage admissions. The only place a graphic novel belongs in an AP class is an art class!

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