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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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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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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 7:38am

In the News: A new day for CPS principals?

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Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary in Lakeview whose op-ed in the Sun-Times a month ago sparked a citywide conversation on how Chicago Public Schools are run, says he's one of some 35 CPS principals organizing, in his words, "to speak directly to the public on matters of concern regarding education policy."  (Chicago Reader)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 11:25am

Illinois Humanities Council will host panel discussion on school closings coverage

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On June 19, the Illinois Humanities Council will host The (Untold) Stories Behind the Story, a public forum on how the media have covered Chicago’s school closings.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 7:28am

In the News: Teacher tenure laws ruled unconstitutional

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A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights, handing teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. (The New York Times)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 8:50am

In the News: NEA seeks to boost membership

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With its membership down by more than 230,000 members over the past three years, the National Education Association is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training. (Education Week)

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 3:17pm

Community rallies once again to save Dyett High

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The on-going, seemingly never-ending fight to keep Dyett High School from shutting down next year took a more pointed turn on Monday as activists and parents accused officials of planning to hand the building over to an alternative school.

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