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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, 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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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 3:47pm

Grassroots and union activists urge universal preschool in Chicago

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As New York City rolls out an ambitious plan to offer free full-day prekindergarten for tens of thousands of 4-year-olds this fall, community activists and union members in Chicago say it’s time for universal early childhood education and child care in the Windy City.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:09pm

Dirty schools the norm since privatizing custodians: principals

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The $340 million privatization of the district’s custodial services has led to filthier buildings and fewer custodians, while forcing principals to take time away from instruction to make sure that their school is clean.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:45am

Take 5: Ames closure, school funding, high school quest

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 Did CPS close a school last year, despite promising a five-year moratorium on closings and failing to go through the process required by state law? It seems like this is the case from a Sun Times story this morning on what happened to Ames Middle School and Marine Math and Science Academy.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 7:57am

Take 5: Karen Lewis questions, UNO and the IRS, Kennedy-King honor

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis still hasn’t made up her mind -- at least not publicly -- about whether she’ll run for mayor against incumbent Rahm Emanuel. But she’s been hitting the pavement, talking with residents and asking followers to help circulate a petition to get her name on the ballot.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:13am

Take 5: Safe Passage expands, test score analysis, a new blog

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It was a morning of anxiety and excitement for hundreds of thousands of CPS students who headed back to school today. And for their parents, too. “I’m happy for her but nervous, too. It’s her last year of elementary school,” said Jenny Santos, whose eyes welled up as she watched her eighth-grade daughter walk into Monroe Elementary School near Logan Square.

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