Impact of School Closures

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January 22, 2015 - Impact of School Closures

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research details how students were impacted by the decision to close 50 elementary schools in May 2013.

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Chicago's School Closings

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January 22, 2015 - Chicago's School Closings

Documentary film series, The School Project, releases its second installment focusing on the 50 schools closings conducted by CPS in May 2013. The episode centers around a Chicago family as they navigate the process and what the largest school closing in American history means for education policy in the city.

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Scholarly Subversion or Innocuous Instruction?

The Confucius Institute Debate

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January 19, 2015 - Confucius Institutes

Confucius Institutes are academic and cultural programs financially backed by the Chinese government. These institutions affiliate themselves with colleges throughout the world, but have drawn backlash due to concerns of propaganda pushing.

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Out of Jail, Back to School

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January 12, 2015 - Out of Jail, Back to School

Whether it’s been 10 years or 30 years since they dropped out of high school, men and women who went on to serve time in jail or prison are finally getting their diplomas. We explain how programs like St. Leonard’s Ministries are getting help from Cook County to keep people out of jail and reduce violence.

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CPS Cancels Classes for Second Day

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January 7, 2015 - CPS Cancels Classes for Second Day

Chicago Public Schools will be closed for a second day tomorrow because of the extreme weather.

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CPS IG Says School Employees Stole Nearly $900,000

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January 6, 2015 - CPS Employees Stole Nearly $900,000

Chicago Public Schools Inspector General Nicholas Schuler says CPS employees orchestrated a plan to steal nearly $900,000 from the district. Other findings include unethical conduct and possible criminal behavior, according to a new report.

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Shaking Up Notions of Shakespeare

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December 22, 2014 - Shaking Up Notions of Shakespeare

We revisit Chicago Tonight’s story about Chicago Public School students participation in an award-winning program at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

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Amnesty International Brings Write for Rights to Chicago

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Amnesty International partnered with art-based nonprofit Donda’s House in the fight for human rights.

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University of Chicago Touts Park Restoration in Obama Library Bid

U of C, UIC Deliver Final Pitches Tomorrow

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December 10, 2014- U of C Touts Park Restoration in Bid

The University of Chicago and UIC are going head to head in the race to land the Obama Presidential Library. Final submissions are due to the Obama Foundation Thursday.

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Students Caught in Middle of PARCC Debate

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January 21, 2015 - Students Caught in Middle of PARCC Debate

Teachers, parents, and administrators have been debating whether schools should start implementing the PARCC standardized test, designed to align with the new Common Core standards. We talk with two educators about whether it's time to put the PARCC in place and the value of standardized testing.

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Appointed vs. Elected School Board

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January 12, 2015 - Appointed vs. Elected School Board

Should Chicago have an elected school board? The issue separates Mayor Rahm Emanuel from his challengers. And voters from 38 wards will have a chance to weigh in on Feb. 24 when they can vote on an advisory referendum. We take a closer look.

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Should Schools Close on Cold Days?

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January 8, 2015 - Should Schools Close on Cold Days?

For the second day, Chicago Public Schools are closed because of cold weather, but not everyone agrees.

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Obama Library Plot Thickens

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January 7, 2015 - Obama Library Plot Thickens

Obama Library proposals from The University of Illinois at Chicago and The University of Chicago are getting added help from the mayor's office to ensure the library stays in the Midwest as The U of C finally releases proposal specifics. Hearings are set for next week to aid The U of C in securing city park land for the proposed Jackson Park and Washington Park locations. Some fear the hearings will serve to push through rushed legislation for a land grab.

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Future of Day Care Program in Jeopardy

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December 23, 2014 - Future of Day Care Program in Jeopardy

A critical state program that provides day care to more than 100,000 low-income children is in jeopardy because lawmakers failed to enact a balanced budget.

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Learning By Doing

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December 15, 2014 - Learning By Doing

With support from the Chicago Public Education Fund, a CPS K-12 magnet school is using time and technology to benefit students.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 12/12

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December 12, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 12/12

Joel Weisman and his guests continue their conversation online with a discussion of the competition for the Obama Library. Must it be on public park land? Could New York still get the nod?

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Final Pitches for Obama Library Due Thursday

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The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago are going head to head on their plans to lure the Obama Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago.

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