At the Options For Youth offices in Hyde Park, dozens of posters cover white walls and display a plethora of information: diagrams of the male and female reproductive systems, the different types of birth control and tips for healthy communication in relationships.
At the front of the room on an August night, a young man in dress clothes points to a poster of “The Five Love Languages.” They are: words of encouragement, appropriate physical touch, quality time, acts of service and giving meaningful gifts.
Despite plummeting pass rates, the Illinois State Board of Education recently held the line on the rigorous cut-off scores on the basic skills test for prospective teachers. The scores were raised back in September 2010, causing many to fail, especially minority candidates.
In advance of Wednesday’s Board of Education vote, CPS today released its proposed revisions to the Student Code of Conduct. But the revisions, though making changes such as eliminating automatic 10-day suspensions for even the most severe offenses, did little to quell the dissatisfaction of student and community groups with how the district handles discipline.