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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.

Numbers that Count: Chicago School Policy Forum

Schools, social service agencies, government agencies and other outside institutions can "get on the same page" to help children succeed in school by focusing on tracking key indicators that lead to higher achievement such as attendance and grades. Speakers at this year's first Chicago School Policy Forum on Feb. 20 talked about numbers that count: Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium on Chicago School Research talked about the consortium's ground-breaking work developing the 'freshman on-track indicator"; Beshon Smith of Baltimore City Schools explained how the district and outside partners honed in on improving attendance; and Colleen Cichetti of Children's Hospital discussed suspensions and how to improve discipline with social-emotional learning.

 

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