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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.

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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:30am

Comings and Goings: Lyons

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Matt Lyons, deputy chief in the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) at CPS, is joining the Chicago Public Education Fund as chief operating officer.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:53pm

CPS touts rising NWEA scores

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More students scored above national norms this past year on the new standardized tests CPS is using than in the previous school year.

About 51.5 percent of elementary school students are performing at national norms in reading and 49 percent in math, compared to around 46 percent in both categories in 2013, CPS officials announced Thursday. Scores improved in every grade, with 8th-graders scoring above national norms.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 2:29pm

Comings and Goings: Peters, Sheren, Swanson, Rivera

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Harrison Peters, a former CPS chief of schools, is now the chief school officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas. Peters was with CPS for the past four years.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:14pm

Take 5: Principal stability; elementary school drain and teacher licenses

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It looks like Earle Elementary School in Englewood--one of the schools designated to take in students from closed schools--is once again going to get a new principal.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:36pm

Absenteeism and truancy down, but not at welcoming schools

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The spike in chronic truancy and absenteeism that CPS elementary schools experienced in the 2012-2013 school year was somewhat reversed last year, new preliminary data show. But welcoming schools that took in most of the children displaced by school closings on average saw a slight increase in chronic truancy and held steady when it came to chronic absences.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:35pm

How CPS is trying to improve attendance

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Like many recent CPS strategies, data plays a big part in the district’s draft plan to reduce chronic absenteeism and absences. School administrators now receive monthly data reports that allow them to flag students who are off track early.

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