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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LEARN charter schools don't report their NWEA data. We had a Horizon charter school clerk tell our counselor that they are not part of CPS, and they are not a charter school. Insane.
One of the overlooked aspects of this is that principals and teachers ratings incorporate test scores, specifically growth and value-added, not attainment. These affluent schools that have low...
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IN THE NEWS: CPS seeks one calendar for all
Chicago Public Schools last week released a proposed single, unified calendar for school year 2013-2014 that ends the District’s two-track schedule and gives all students the same start and end dates and days off. The calendar was developed in collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union, a CPS press release stated.
AUGUST START: Chicago public schools will start classes on Aug. 26 this coming school year, ending a long-held practice of a post-Labor Day opening, under a proposal announced Friday. (Sun-Times)
PROBABLE TARGETS: According to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis, 193 Chicago Public schools are not safe from closing, although the district won't release its own preliminary list of schools that could need defending to survive drastic school actions until Feb. 13. (Sun-Times)
SILENT CLASSROOMS: WBEZ tours one of Chicago's half-empty public schools to see what it looks and feels like inside some of the district’s “underutilized” elementary schools.
COMPLAINT FILED: Health and Disability Advocates has recently filed a formal complaint against Chicago Public Schools for failing to properly transition children turning 3 years old from Early Intervention services to special education services. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
IN THE STATE
BACK TO CLASS: Grayslake teachers, students report back to class Tuesday after the teachers’ union reached a tentative agreement with Community Consolidated School District 46. (Sun-Times)
NURSE RECOMMENDATIONS: Beginning July 1, the Illinois State Board of Education will require that certified school nurses, or CSNs, make any educational recommendations related to a student’s special-education needs. (State Journal-Register)
IN THE NATION
TESTING BOYCOTT: More than 60 educators and researchers, including some of the most well-respected figures in the field of education, pledged support for the boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress test initiated by the teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, calling the action a “blow against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.” (Daily Kos)
ARMING TEACHERS: In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, some states are pushing ahead with plans to arm teachers. (Educated Reporter)