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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Because there's lead paint everywhere, including most likely in your house. What are you doing about that?
Asbestos in only one thing to that CPS needs to consider when inspecting their schools. What about LEAD paint? This is a proven cancerous entity. Why is there NO mention of lead in the schools...
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In the News: CPS saved $23 million on purchases
Chicago Public Schools said Friday it has saved $23 million on purchasing contracts since April, when it hired an aggressive new head of the department that handles big buys. Chief Procurement Officer Sébastien de Longeaux said he’s tried some private-sector tactics to negotiate better deals for the district. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
Facing deep financial problems, the Philadelphia School District has proposed an unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June — roughly one out of six public schools. (The New York Times)
Federal officials have rejected California’s request for exemption from rules that penalize low-performing schools and school districts, state officials announced Friday. (Los Angeles Times)
As the "fiscal cliff" looms, key federal K-12 programs face a cut of 8.2 percent at the beginning of the new year, although most school districts wouldn't feel the pain until next September. (Education Week)