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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.

mental health

May 13, 2014

On a chilly morning last October, more than 200 students gathered in the gymnasium at Westcott Elementary School to participate in a special assembly. Children as young as three years old cheered as, one by one, the school’s Pk-4th grade classes marched across the stage. There, student representatives from each class waited anxiously for the school’s principal to bestow a special placard of the Historically Black College/University (HBCU) that their classes had researched the previous month.  

December 10, 2012

Driven largely by an increase in calls from schools, the number of calls to the state’s mental health crisis hotline for children has soared by 37 percent over the past five years to nearly 42,000 calls in 2011—about 115 calls per day.

October 04, 2012
July 09, 2012

Thank you for your issue of Catalyst In Depth on trauma due to exposure to violence and the ripples of impact it creates. For every child whose life is cut short in a shooting incident, the collateral damage extends to witnesses, family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, principals and school personnel, from the lunchroom to the boiler room.

June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012
June 18, 2012