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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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July 24, 2014

This week, the Chicago Board of Education approved a $5.8 billion operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year. With a full year of student-based budgeting underway, this budget represents an effort to stabilize a challenged system and presents an opportunity to prioritize funding in the classroom.

August 25, 2014

Nearly five years after they started organizing to form a union, teachers at the alternative Latino Youth High School in Pilsen say they’re preparing to vote on their first labor contract.

August 21, 2014

With less than two weeks to go before the start of school, CPS leaders announced Thursday that Concept Charter Schools’ Chatham location will not be opening. The school had 400 elementary school students registered.

August 18, 2014

A meeting of parents and community members about a shooting in North Lawndale spurred CPS officials to finally divulge some information about how they plan to expand the Safe Passage program. In presenting the 2014-15 budget in July, officials said they would expand Safe Passage by $1 million to $10 million, but they did not say where the new routes would be.

July 22, 2014

In the past, charter school parents were a regular presence at CPS board meetings, carrying signs demanding that their schools get equal funding. But lately, these parents are nowhere to be found.

June 08, 2014

As the school year draws to an end and with violence traditionally getting worse during summer, more than 1,000 students took to the streets last week. They chanted: "Hands up. Guns down. Stand up Chi-town."

The Peace March was organized by two Perspectives Charter Schools students, Razia Hutchinson and Janeya Cunningham.

June 03, 2014

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced it had charged charter school operator UNO with defrauding investors in a $37.5 million bond offering for school construction work by failing to disclose conflicts of interest, according to the Sun-Times. Read the SEC complaint here.

May 30, 2014

Nine years after Louisiana education officials swept most of New Orleans' chronically under-performing schools into a state-controlled district after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Recovery School District—which at one time operated nearly 35 schools—has converted fully to an all-charter school system. (Education Week)

May 28, 2014

CPS is forging headfirst into the opening of new alternative schools, while a few of the charter schools that were supposed to open in September got more time to get ready.

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