Education and Healthcare

IB Programs Hold Promise in CPS, but Concerns Remain

For Kimberly Lebovitz and a growing number of Chicago Public Schools educators, there’s only one answer to the question of the best school curriculum available: the International Baccalaureate program. Successful implementation of the program is difficult, requiring resources and strong commitment from a school community. However, Lebovitz, the IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator at the
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To Cancel, or Not to Cancel? The Odd Formula for Shuttering Schools in Frozen Temps

Given the frozen temperatures and threats of sub-zero wind chills forecast for the balance of the week, the hard decisions are on schools about whether to shut down to save children, faculty and staff from braving the conditions or getting stuck in unsafe conditions. On January 7, Chicago Public Schools, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and
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Juvenile Justice

Human Rights Watch: U.S. Juvenile Justice Policies Fall Short

The United States took a hit in its chapter of Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2015, which, among other things, investigated the racial biases and treatment of juveniles within the nation’s criminal justice system. HRW noted, for example, that African American men are six times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. Part
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Jobs and Economy

New Amendments to Homeland Security Bill May Curtail Immigrant Youth Rights

Two of the five proposed amendments to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which will fund the Department of Homeland Security, are being critiqued by children advocacy organizations who charge that the amendments are meant to tear immigrant families apart. First Focus Campaign, which puts pressure on congressional members for children’s rights, sent a letter Tuesday to members of
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Race and Poverty

Human Rights Watch: U.S. Juvenile Justice Policies Fall Short

The United States took a hit in its chapter of Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2015, which, among other things, investigated the racial biases and treatment of juveniles within the nation’s criminal justice system. HRW noted, for example, that African American men are six times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. Part
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Study Identifies 9 Steps to Cut Child Poverty by More Than Half

Child poverty could be reduced by as much as 60 percent by improving just nine existing federal programs, according to a new Children’s Defense Fund study. Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy group, suggested policy changes that focused on two goals: increasing employment and the value of work and meeting children’s basic needs “when
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Homeless Coalition Partners with Law Firm, United Air for New 'Handbook' to Navigate Difficulties

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Chicago Public Schools identified 22,144 homeless students. The total marked an 18.6 percent jump from the previous year and won’t make getting proper assistance to homeless teens any easier. Now, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is partnering with other local groups to try to get necessary
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