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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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October 24, 2014

CPS officials made the surprise announcement Friday that they want proposals for a new, open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at Dyett High, the Washington Park school that is in the last year of being phased out.

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.

August 06, 2014

The spike in chronic truancy and absenteeism that CPS elementary schools experienced in the 2012-2013 school year was somewhat reversed last year, new preliminary data show. But welcoming schools that took in most of the children displaced by school closings on average saw a slight increase in chronic truancy and held steady when it came to chronic absences.

July 31, 2014

A scalding report that criticizes CPS for the way it handled the mass closing of schools last year likely will not get a public hearing as requested by state task force members. 

As for why, that’s in dispute. 

State Rep. Linda Chapa La Via, chair of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, said she requested a hearing but has little hope that it will ever be held. “Everything is politics,” she said with a sigh.

July 03, 2014

Last school year drew to a somber close as thousands of children said goodbye to familiar teachers and schools and looked toward a fall in an unfamiliar place.

June 16, 2014

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.

June 11, 2014

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.

June 09, 2014

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.

May 22, 2014

At a Local School Council meeting this week at Walter Gresham Elementary School Principal Diedrus Brown told parents Chicago Public Schools officials changed the door locks and did not give her keys. (DNAInfo)

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