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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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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:59am

Dyett supporters vow to fight for "green tech" plan

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The announcement last week that CPS reversed course and now plans to reopen Dyett High, set to close at the end of the school year, was a hard-won battle for community activists. But the war is not over.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:58am

Take 5: Preschool enrollment falls, union election spending, asbestos concerns

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Preschool enrollment in CPS is down again this year. The district’s 20th day enrollment data show a drop of about 800 children, with 4-year-olds accounting for the entire decline.The downward trend continues  even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to expand access to high-quality preschool for all low-income 4-year-olds in the city.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8:33am

Take 5: Parents form PAC, Byrd-Bennett on testing, teacher tenure fight

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Frustrated parents from an overcrowded Southwest Side elementary school have taken the unusual step of forming a political action committee. Dore, in Clearing, has 673 students but was built for 400, and, as of last year, with mobile units was 127 percent over capacity,  according to CPS standards. It is a Level 1 school that is 60 percent Latino and 35 percent white. About 56 percent of students are low-income.  

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:27pm

CPS reverses course, says Dyett to reopen in 2016 as neighborhood high school

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CPS officials made the surprise announcement Friday that they want proposals for a new, open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at Dyett High, the Washington Park school that is in the last year of being phased out.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:30pm

Heated debate about last year's school closings

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Catalyst publisher Linda Lenz moderated a heated panel discussion on Thursday about the impacts of last year's massive school closings. The event was organized by City Club of Chicago and took place at Maggiano's Banquets in downtown Chicago.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:30pm

CPS says it wants delay for new test, but was already denied in July

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CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made a big point at the board meeting today to say that she is asking the Illinois State Board of Education and the federal government to let the district delay the PARCC, the state’s new standardized test aligned with the more rigorous Common Core Standards.

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