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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.

achievement gap

May 07, 2014

Pilsen's largest high school, Benito Juarez, is under investigation by Chicago Public Schools' inspector general. The school experienced a dramatic jump in attendance, which helped it escape probation for the first time in a decade. In interviews, teachers charge that student attendance records were altered by the school's administration, and they say they felt pressured to bump up students' grades. (DNAinfo)

December 20, 2013

The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students — and between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates — continues to widen, newly released data show. Black Chicago Public Schools students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card. (Sun-Times)

September 03, 2013

Many states and school districts around the nation that serve large numbers of low-income children are on a mission to reinvent summer experiences for them.

July 17, 2013

Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year.

June 28, 2013

Achievement gaps for black and Hispanic youths have declined by substantial margins in reading and math since the early 1970s, according to new federal data issued Thursday. (Education Week)

June 18, 2013

Illinois elementary charter school students made more academic gains than students in comparable district-run schools, according to a new report from Stanford University. Latino charter students posted the most impressive results, in math. Yet there are plenty of caveats to be gleaned from the report’s other findings, especially for African American students, who continued to fare worst academically in both traditional schools and charters.

February 04, 2013

Every year, a high-stakes gamble begins.

February 04, 2013

In 2008, a federal judge freed CPS from the dictates of a long-standing desegregation decree that had kept at least some racial balance in the district’s elite selective schools.

To try and maintain that balance in four selective high schools—Walter Payton, Jones, Northside College Prep and Whitney Young, bar-none the best high schools in the city—CPS officials started a program that offers seats to promising black students from the district’s worst elementary schools, who otherwise would not have qualified for admission.

February 04, 2013

The sign taped on the door says “No Boys Allowed.” Inside the room, donuts and small, white Styrofoam cups of orange juice and water sit on a desk.

Several young women slowly walk in with a look of consternation on their faces. “It is critical down there,” says one.

“That is crazy,” says another.

Teacher Magen Kilcoyne, whose curly, sandy-colored hair is pulled back and who is dressed in black cargo pants and a black “Bowen Class of 2012” T-shirt, shakes her head as she plops down copies of author Nathan McCall’s book “Makes Me Wanna Holler” on everyone’s desk.

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