A new initiative launched March 6 by the Chicago Public Schools aims to cut down on bullying and other violent behavior in the city's schools. The $3 million program also will help students returning to the school system from jails, detention centers, or psychiatric facilities adjust to normal school life without disrupting the learning environment, district officials said.

The two-pronged initiative, dubbed C.A.R.E. (Creating a Respectful Environment), focuses on assessment and educational recommendations for...

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