Crunch Time for Chicago Public Schools

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Forrest Claypool

With the new school year approaching, Chicago Public Schools must find a way to plug a $1.1 billion deficit and present a balanced budget proposal by the end of August. Monday, we’ll talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new leadership team: CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and chief education officer Janice Jackson. 

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Money on the Table at CPS Board Meeting

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July 22, 2015 - Money on the Table at CPS Board Meeting

The summer of 2015 has been rife with financial complications for Chicago Public Schools. The district has long been in a billion dollar budget hole, and school board members today voted to approve taking on just over a billion dollars in additional debt. Chicago Tonight's Brandis Friedman joins us Wednesday with details.

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Forrest Claypool to be CPS CEO

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July 16, 2015 - Forrest Claypool to be CPS CEO

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Forrest Claypool will be the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Claypool, Emanuel’s chief of staff, will replace Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz, who has been serving in that capacity since former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned in April. Claypool begins his new role on Monday, July 27.

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CPS Schools to get Less Money in Upcoming School Year

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July 13, 2015 - CPS Schools to get Less Money Next Year

Chicago Public Schools principals are finally getting a look at their budgets for the school year that starts in September. The district says, altogether, it is releasing $31 million less to schools this year, because of declining enrollment.

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Preparing for the New School Year Amid Financial Uncertainty

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July 8, 2015 - Prepping for School Year Amid Financial Mess

Chicago school principals are faced with the unenviable task of trying to plan for the new school year amid massive financial uncertainty. At a time when most would be hoping to finalize hiring decisions, they have no idea what their budget will be and how many teachers and other support staff they can afford. We learn what it's like to try and plan for the new school year with so many unknown factors.

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CPS' Early College Stem High Schools

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July 2, 2015 - CPS' Early College Stem High Schools

At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.

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The Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

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June 30, 2015 - Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

Today was deadline day for a $634 million payment due to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, and this afternoon the payment was made. But school finances remain in a perilous state. We talk with the head of the pension fund, Charles Burbridge, on what happens next.

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CTU Says Contract Negotiations Broke Down

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The Chicago Teachers Union says contract negotiations with the school board broke down today.  CTU President Karen Lewis says the district is threatening to lay off 3,000 teachers, increase class sizes and make $200 million in budget cuts. 

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Analyzing CPS’ Financial Challenges

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June 24, 2015 - Analyzing CPS' Financial Challenges

The Chicago Board of Education is expected to sign off on a $200 million borrowing plan today to help the cash-strapped district manage its financial woes until the end of the month. But the massive cash-crunch facing CPS will remain and some observers fear that teacher layoffs and other school cuts might be inevitable. 

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Student Teachers 'STEP-UP' to Chicago

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July 20, 2015 - Student Teachers 'STEP-UP' to Chicago

In preparation for becoming public school teachers, students at Illinois State University's College of Education are receiving a full immersion in Chicago this summer. It's called the Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation, or STEP-UP.

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CPS Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz on District’s Finances

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July 15, 2015-CPS Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz on District’s Finan

Interim schools chief Jesse Ruiz joins us to discuss the financial challenges facing the Chicago Public Schools. 

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CPS to Issue Schools' Budgets Monday

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Chicago Public Schools says it will issue budgets for schools on Monday. As reported by Chicago Tonight on Wednesday, many principals throughout CPS are growing increasingly frustrated that they are expected to plan for the new school year and finalize hiring decisions with little idea of how much money they will have to spend. It now appears principals will soon get some clarity.

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Community Steadies School District

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July 6, 2015 - Community Steadies School District

All of the schools in North Chicago have been in some state of academic failure for years. To address the unmet needs of the students and schools, a nonprofit was formed by a local family foundation. Brandis Friedman reports on the district’s transformation.

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Planning for CPS’ Financial Future

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July 1, 2015 - Planning for CPS' Financial Future

Chicago Public Schools was able to make its $634 million pension payment on Tuesday after using borrowed funds and cutting 1,400 jobs. Paris Schutz has the latest on CPS’ funding crisis, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s long-term plan to address how school districts and teachers’ pensions are funded.

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Former CPS CEOs Weigh In on District's Money Woes

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June 29, 2015 - Former CPS CEOs on District's Money Woes

Former Chicago Public Schools chiefs Paul Vallas and Terry Mazany will talk with us as part of a series of discussions we are having with education experts and elected officials on the colossal challenges facing Chicago Public Schools and what it means for students and parents.

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CPS' Financial Disaster

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June 24, 2015 - CPS' Financial Disaster

In light of a recent report by Ernst & Young regarding the school district's dire finances, the hotly debated issue is expected to be front and center at the last board meeting of the fiscal year. This meeting falls the day after state legislators in Springfield failed to pass a measure allowing the district to delay a substantial payment to the teacher pension fund.

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Report Shows Link Between Lower Income and Test Scores

Daily Herald and WBEZ Series Focuses on Education and Poverty

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June 22, 2015 - Link Between Lower Income and Test Scores

In the first of a four-part series, Daily Herald reporter Melissa Silverberg and WBEZ's Linda Lutton take a look at poverty and education in Illinois. Their studies of state testing over the last decade revealed that the schools with the most low-income students performed the worst. Silverberg and Tim Broderick, data analyst and graphic designer for the project, join us tonight to share their results of the state Poverty-Achievement gap.

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