CPS & CTU Begin Contract Talks

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March 26, 2015 - CPS & CTU Begin Contract Talks

Contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have formally begun – and the union’s initial list of demands is not the traditional one. We have the details.

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Robert Putnam on the American Dream in Crisis

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March 24, 2015 - The American Dream in Crisis

Robert Putnam -- Harvard professor, political scientist, and author of the acclaimed Bowling Alone -- is back with a new book that charts the decline of the American Dream in his hometown of Port Clinton, Ohio. Putnam joins us to discuss his new book: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

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Chicago Film Honored at White House Student Film Festival

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A video made by a group of young Chicago filmmakers is an official selection of the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. It was one of 15 selected from 1,500 entries and it will be honored at the White House on Friday.

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PARCC Testing Begins

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March 10, 2015 - PARCC Testing Begins

As schools across the state begin to administer the controversial PARCC test to students, parents and legislators are pushing a movement and legislation to allow parents to let their children opt out of the test.

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The School Project: Restoring Justice

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March 5, 2015 - The School Project: Restoring Justice

The School Project is a Chicago-based documentary series that is tracking the past and present status of the city's public school system. The third segment explores school disciplinary policies and the effects they have on students, the community, and society as a whole.

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Chicago's Future Chefs

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March 4, 2015 - Chicago's Future Chefs

Over the weekend, students from 13 Illinois high school students competed for their chance to represent Illinois in a national cooking competition. The budding "cheftestants" may be only high school students now, but with the help of the ProStart Invitational competition, they can hope to be the next Grant Achatz or Stephanie Izard.

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Teach For America Lower on Recruits

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February 26, 2015 - Teach For America Lower on Recruits

Recruiting college graduates into the popular teaching corps Teach For America isn't as easy as it used to be. We talk with them about what the organization thinks is causing the slowdown.

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Education Roundup: CPS Debt, Elected School Board & PARCC Testing

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February 25, 2015 - Education Roundup

In recent weeks, the Chicago Board of Education has received letters from both the state Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education threatening the loss of more than $1 billion if Chicago Public Schools fails to administer the controversial standardized test, PARCC. Wednesday's meeting is the Board's first since those communications from the state and federal governments. Find out what, if any, action they take. We also have reaction to the referendum on an elected school board, and information on what actions the school board is considering to save $10 million.

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"The Opposite of Spoiled"

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February 5, 2015 - "The Opposite of Spoiled"

How do you teach your children to be smart about money? New York Times personal finance columnist Ron Lieber seeks to answer that question in his new book, The Opposite of Spoiled. He joins us to discuss how to instill values and the value of the dollar in a younger generation.

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Changing the Status Quo: Public School Reform

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March 23, 2015 - Public School Reform

Public schools nationally are at a crossroads, according to Joel Klein. After serving as chancellor of the New York City Department of Education for eight years, Klein took on unions, politicians, and the status quo to improve public education and give students and parents more choice. He joins us.

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Discipline in Chicago Public Schools

Who Pays the Price?

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March 19, 2015 - Discipline in Chicago Public Schools

Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions in Chicago Public Schools saw a drop in the 2013-2014 school year, but a recent study suggests troubled students are still vulnerable. We discuss school discipline with our panel.

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New Bill Aims to Opt Out of Standardized Testing

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State lawmakers want to make it easier for students to skip the PARCC test by introducing a new bill to opt out of standardized testing.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/5

PARCC Testing & This Is Modern Art

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March 5, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 3/5

We share what you had to say about PARCC testing and Steppenwolf Theatre's This is Modern Art in tonight's viewer feedback.

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CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

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March 2, 2015 - CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced this morning that the district will, in fact, administer the PARCC test to all required grades, rather than 10 percent of schools as previously planned. We have the details.

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Voters Support an Elected School Board

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Voters across Chicago overwhelmingly support an elected school board, according to results of a non-binding referendum that appeared on the ballot Tuesday in 37 of the city’s 50 wards.

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Who Runs The Classroom? Beyoncé

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February 10, 2015 - Who Runs The Classroom? Beyoncé

Pop diva Beyoncé is arguably the most popular performer in the world. But there's much more to her than her success as a provocative pop icon. That's the idea behind a new college course at UIC that delves into Beyoncé's role in shaping "feminist perspectives and [the image] of U.S. black womanhood."

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PARCC Test Controversy

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February 2, 2015 - PARCC Test Controversy

The federal government is warning Chicago Public Schools against sanctions for its decision to administer the controversial PARCC test to 10 percent of students.

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