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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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 7:40am

In the News: State task force report critical of CPS

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A highly critical report by a legislative task force said Chicago Public Schools’ 10-year facilities master plan was “deeply flawed, lacked broad public input, and wasn’t completed until after CPS closed 49 neighborhood public schools.” The report also criticized CPS for opening 33 new charter schools with more than 23,000 seats since 2011 even as it was closing publicly-run schools for underutilization. (Tribune)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 7:52am

In the News: Charter schools seen as good investments

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Despite the problems with  UNO Charter Schools, Crain's is reporting that the bond market is still interested in charter schools. Even UNO, which is the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission action, is seen as a stable investment. Chicago International Charter Schools have the most bonds, followed by UNO and then Noble Street.

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:46pm

Student Code of Conduct set to change as district aims to curb discipline

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Aiming to rein in one of the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the country, Chicago Public Schools is again set to revise its Student Code of Conduct with the goal of creating more uniformity in how schools handle discipline. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 8:39am

In the News: Ex-CPS communications chief takes new role

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Becky Carroll, who served as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handpicked communications chief for Chicago Public Schools until a few months ago, has formed a Super PAC to support the re-election campaigns of the mayor and his City Council allies. (Sun-Times)

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:06am

In the News: D.C. suspends test-based teacher evals

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The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards. (Associated Press)

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:18pm

State limits junk food sales for school fundraising

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Starting next year, high schools across the state must sharply limit the sale of unhealthy snacks – such as candy bars and chips – during in-school fundraisers.

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