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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 29, 2014 - 9:13am

Take 5: Fewer tenured teachers rehired, voucher rally, Elgin charter fight

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As promised, many of the educators who were laid off earlier this summer as a result of drops in enrollment were rehired, but rehire rates were different for tenured versus non-tenured teachers.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 6:12pm

CPS won't cut schools based on enrollment shortfalls


CPS officials on Friday said principals would not face budget cuts if student enrollment in their schools failed to meet projections. 

Schools  enrolling more than the number of students projected will receive additional student-based budgeting of about $4,390 per student, according to a letter sent out by CPS.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 9:00am

Take 5: First-day attendance, Dyett concessions and school funding bill

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Continuing a kind of dubious tradition started by former CEO Arne Duncan, officials announced Wednesday that first-day attendance was better than ever this year. Accountability Chief John Barker  told board members at their monthly meeting that 93.7 percent of enrolled students showed up on the first day of class -- which is ever so slightly higher than last year’s 93.5 percent rate. In addition, he said the attendance rates were higher on each day of the first week of school.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:12pm

Comings and Goings: Chapman


Warren Chapman has been named Chief Advancement Officer at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. In this position he will manage activities related to analysis, planning, and execution of fundraising/development goals.

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 8:31pm

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


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.

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.