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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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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:31pm

New parent group holds fair for all schools: public, private, charter

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A new parent group is holding a school fair this fall that promises to offer something unprecedented: a one-stop place to shop for all schools, whether it be neighborhood, charter or private schools.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:42am

Take 5: Finding dropouts, missing the point on Obama Prep, charter unions

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WBEZ’s Becky Vevea looks at the challenges of re-engaging dropouts in Chicago. One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first goals in office was getting more of Chicago’s 60,000 school-aged dropouts back into class. Vevea reports that the district’s new Student Outreach and Re-Engagement (SOAR) has helped bring 1,700 students back into CPS since it started last year; 130 of these have since gotten their high school diplomas.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:37am

Take 5: Danger in interest-rate swaps; Winckler's gone and Lane cuts architecture

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For years, the Chicago Teachers Union has been warning that so-called “toxic” swaps are costing the district millions and that they put it in a precarious position.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:11am

Take 5: Marshall principal laid off, FOIA lawsuit, recruiting students

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In a developing story, teachers at Marshall High School are outraged that Principal Angel Johnson was told Friday that she was being reassigned. “It is really distressing that this is happening three weeks into the school year,” says Stacey Cruz-de la Pena, the chair of the math department. She says the staff is supportive of Johnson, pointing out that Marshall’s freshman on-track rate has improved from 56 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in 2014 with Johnson at the helm.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:09pm

Hundreds of school custodians to be laid off

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Some 476 custodians, one-fifth of the 2,500-some employed by CPS or private companies, are in the process of being laid off, says CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:01am

Comings and Goings: Husbands

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Jennifer Husbands was recently named founding executive director of Schools that Can (STC) Chicago.

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