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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: CPS parents take on high-stakes testing

A group of Chicago parents is mounting an effort to get CPS to limit standardized testing and provide more transparency about the costs, amount and stakes of the 22 tests now being administered in the district. They've launched a website and a petition.

PARENTS PETITION: As a group of public school parents petition to cut their children’s standardized tests, the Chicago Teachers Union denounced what they call “abusive” testing in Chicago Public Schools. Parents behind the website MoreThanAScoreChicago.org will circulate petitions near at least 36 public schools asking the Board of Education to limit testing and provide more details about the cost and stakes of the 22 tests now used in the district. (Sun-Times)

MISSING HISTORY: Some local activists are concerned about the lack of African American history education in Chicago Public Schools, saying the district hasn’t ensured that district schools offer students enough education about black history or literature. (WBEZ)

CUTTING TIES: Following in the footsteps of Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is moving closer to cutting its ties with the La Grange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE) cooperative — a move that means it would educate special needs students on its own. (Tribune)

IN THE NATION
COPYRIGHT PROPOSAL: A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual. (The Washington Post)

HOLD THE CUTS: President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to temporarily delay a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts set to hit federal K-12 education spending—as well as defense, criminal justice, and a whole host of other programs—on March 1. (Education Week)

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