Tuesday AM News: Drug screenings, Safety a top concern, Vallas' odds, Lobbying for recess

These tests have nothing to do with math or spelling: Schools see rise in drug screenings Tribune
High schools and middle schools have the right to randomly test students for drug use, and increasingly they are doing just that. Schools were given the green light after a 2002 Supreme Court ruling. The case began after Oklahoma high school students were ordered to take random drug tests.

Schools fail on violence, union candidate contends Tribune
With student fights a "daily occurrence" in many Chicago high schools and safety a top concern of city teachers, a candidate for the teachers union presidency called on the district Monday to double the security staff in troubled schools.

Vallas: Odds long for governor run Tribune
Former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas on Monday would not say outright that he won't run for Illinois governor again -- but he did place the odds at about 1 in 146,107,962.

Parent Group Lobbies for Recess Bill WBEZ
A parent advocacy group is stepping up a campaign to get recess back in Chicago Public Schools. The Healthy Schools Campaign lobbied the Illinois House of Representatives, which passed a bill last week mandating at least 10 minutes of recess a day.

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