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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.

Catalyst Notebook

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 10:09am

Comings & Goings: Carter, Knight

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Terrence Carter, currently the director and chief academic officer of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, has been named superintendent of the New London CT public schools.  Before joining AUSL, he was principal of Barton Elementary, which received an Illinois Academic Improvement Award for showing upward trends in test scores for three consecutive years.  Barton also served on Mayor Emanuel’s Early Childhood Education Task Force. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 8:59am

In the News: Principal candidates drop out of running

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An argument among LSC members over the new principal for Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., has resulted in neither candidate being selected and Chicago Public Schools naming a new interim principal Monday. (DNAinfo)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 9:19am

In the News: Questioning CPS' budget manuever

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CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey calls a manuever being proposed by CPS officials that will allow the district to increase school spending this year, but will lead to a major shortfall next year, "completely nuts." The budget has not yet been posted, but officials said they plan to take 14 months of revenue for the coming 12-month school fiscal year--essentially, borrowing money from the 2015-2016 school budget. Sharkey says it is election-year trick. Even Board President David Vitale admits that the manuever will lead to a serious problem next year as the district could face a $1 billion deficit. But he says it is justifiable because it allows CPS to maintain "quality" this year. (NBC-Chicago)

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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 4:23pm

For the Record: Steep rise in chronic absences, truancy

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More children were chronically truant or absent at three of every four elementary schools in the 2012-2013 school year, compared to just two years earlier, according to district data obtained by Catalyst Chicago.

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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:30pm

In the News: Baltimore County superintendent nailed for SUPES involvement

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Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance violated ethics rules by taking a consulting gig with the SUPES Academy to coach CPS principals just months after his district signed a $875,000 contract with the company, according to a ruling last week by an ethics panel. Dance’s relationship with SUPES came to light in a Catalyst article in October.

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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:23am

In the News: Cheers for the end of teacher tenure

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A Tribune editorial applauds a California judge's decision earlier this week on teacher tenure, saying it hopes the ruling and reform efforts across the country, eventually lead to the end of tenure.

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