Lessons Learned from Nieman Fellow Dawn Turner

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August 27, 2015 - Lessons from Nieman Fellow Dawn Turner

Awarding-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner is back in town after spending a year at Harvard University for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Turner joins Chicago Tonight on Thursday to discuss what she learned during her time away.

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CPS Board Votes on Controversial Budget

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August 26, 2015 - CPS Board Votes on Controversial Budget

The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously today to pass a much-criticized $5.6 billion budget that includes almost $480 million from the state, $1 billion dollars in borrowing, and what teachers and parents are calling massive cuts to special education. Brandis Friedman joins us tonight with the latest from downtown.

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A Closer Look at the NLRB Decision to Keep NU Athletes from Unionizing

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August 18, 2015 - A Closer Look at the NLRB Decision

The National Labor Relations Board on Monday announced that Northwestern University’s scholarship football athletes would not be allowed to form a union, despite a 2014 NLRB ruling that states the players are university employees. Joining us to discuss the details of the NLRB decision is Eldon Ham, a Chicago-Kent College of Law professor and sports legal analyst for WSCR 670 The Score.

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House Democrats Propose Pension Cost Shift, $200 Million for CPS

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August 12, 2015 - House Democrats Propose Pension Cost Shift

A new proposal from state lawmakers to help out Chicago Public Schools with a $200 million windfall, as the CEO announces an end to the pension pickup for non-union employees. Paris Schutz explains.

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CPS' Budget Proposal Calls for Layoffs, $480 Million from Springfield

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August 10, 2015 - CPS' Budget Proposal Calls for Layoffs

Chicago Public Schools unveiled Monday a $5.7 billion operating budget proposal that includes laying off 1,491 employees (479 of which are teachers), raising property taxes by $19 million, and banking on $480 million in pension relief from state lawmakers. Chicago Tonight’s Brandis Friedman walks us through the proposal.

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Teachers Union Threatens Strike

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Karen Lewis

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Friday that the Chicago Public Schools’ latest contract move could force teachers into another strike.

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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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Competing Proposals to Bail Out Chicago Public Schools

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August 18, 2015 - Competing Proposals to Bail Out CPS

A plan to provide nearly $500 million in relief to the cash-starved CPS is locked up in an ideological battle over collective bargaining. Paris Schutz joins us with more on the story.

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Northwestern Athletes Deemed 'Students' First, Union Petition Denied

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The National Labor Relations Board has overturned its historic March 2014 decision to treat Northwestern University scholarship football student-athletes as employees, and ruled on Monday that the players will not be allowed to form a union.

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Karen Lewis Grades CPS' Budget Math

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August 11, 2015 - Karen Lewis Grades CPS' Budget Math

CPS on Monday unveiled a $5.7 billion operating budget that calls for more than 400 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in state aid. Tonight, we'll discuss the district's budget proposal and ongoing teacher contract negotiations with Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis.

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U. of I. in Spotlight After Chancellor's Resignation, Email Violations

University also named 'top party school' by Princeton Review

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August 10, 2015 - U. of I. in Spotlight After Chancellor's

The University of Illinois was the focus of two front-page stories in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, concerning their ranking as the nation's No. 1 party school, a judge's decision last week to allow an academic freedom lawsuit against the university, and failure to turn over private emails about university business. We'll discuss those stories and Chancellor Phyllis Wise's resignation last Thursday with our panel.

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Crunch Time for Chicago Public Schools

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August 3, 2015 - Crunch Time for Chicago Public Schools

We discuss the CPS budget and other challenges facing the nation's third-largest school district with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new leadership team: CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and chief education officer Janice Jackson. 

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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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