Chicago Teachers Union Interim President

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October 20, 2014 - Chicago Teachers Union Interim President

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey is filling in as president of the union, while Karen Lewis battles an illness.

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Illinois Network of Charter Schools Calls Report Inaccurate

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October 14, 2014 - Study: Charter Schools Underperforming

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools says the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity’s report on Chicago charter schools is inaccurate. 

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A Closer Look at CPS Options Schools

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October 8, 2014-A Closer Look at CPS Options Schools

CPS high school students in need of non-traditional high school settings can choose among more than 40 Options Schools. Learn more about these schools and why CPS has expanded the number of seats available. 

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Steven Salaita Speaks Out

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October 7, 2014 - Steven Salaita Speaks Out

His tweets cost him a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chicago Tonight sits down with Steven Salaita to hear about how social media changed his life.

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CPS Principals Say Schools Are Filthy

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September 17, 2014 - CPS Principals Say Schools Are Filthy

A number of CPS principals say the new, privately-contracted custodial company isn't up to the job, and their schools aren't being cleaned properly. And principals fear it will only get worse, as Aramark announces custodial layoffs. 

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Bright Future Chicago Pushes for Universal Preschool

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September 9, 2014 - Pushing for Universal Preschool

Parents, early childhood educators, community groups, and aldermen are calling for the city to offer universal early care and education for all Chicago children under the age of 5. 

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Freedom of Expression and Education

Discussing U of I’s Job Revocation, the First Amendment

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August 25, 2014-Freedom of Expression and Education

After being offered a tenured teaching position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Steven Salaita quit his job at Virginia Tech. U of I revoked its offer, and many believe it’s due to Salaita’s criticism of Israel on Twitter.  

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University's Expansion Plan Concerns Neighbors

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August 13, 2014 - University's Expand Plan Raises Concerns

Northeastern Illinois University has lofty expansion plans that have some of its neighbors up in arms. That's because a business area may be taken over through eminent domain. We have the story.

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University Offers Video Game Scholarships

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July 21, 2014-University Offers Video Game Scholarships

Robert Morris University is the first college to offer scholarships for the best gamers to play the popular online game “League of Legends.”

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Study Says Charter Schools Are Underperforming

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October 14, 2014 - Study: Charter Schools Underperforming

Chicago charter schools underperform traditional schools, according to a study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. We talk with the director of the institute about the study.

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CPS Helps Dropouts Finish High School

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October 7, 2014 - CPS Helps Dropouts Finish High School

Since launching the Student Outreach and Re-engagement centers, or SOAR, Chicago Public Schools has helped 170 former high school dropouts earn their diplomas. Find out how the program works and what students are saying about it.

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Locals Named MacArthur Geniuses

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September 22, 2014 - Locals Named MacArthur Geniuses

The MacArthur Foundation recently announced their 21 Genius grants winners, and five have Chicago connections. We sit down with two of  the winners to learn more about their work and their reactions to the $625,000 award. 

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Closing the Gap

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September 16, 2014 - Closing the Gap

We hear how two organizations are working to expand minority enrollment in top high schools and colleges.

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Back to School

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September 2, 2014 - Back to School

The first day of school is complete for Chicago Public Schools students. CPS and the mayor's office say they plan to build on what they see as last year's successes. Brandis Friedman breaks down the city's plans.

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Elected School Boards

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August 18, 2014 - Elected School Boards

It will be a hot issue in the upcoming mayoral campaign—an elected school board. Chicago Students Union will march in favor of an elected board in a rally. We discuss the growing debate on Chicago Tonight.

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CPS Board to Vote on Budget

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July 23, 2014-CPS Board to Vote on Budget

The Chicago Public School board votes today on the controversial 2015 budget that has been slammed by observers for using a "gimmick" to help close nearly a $1 billion hole.

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Analyzing CPS’ 2015 Budget

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July 14, 2014 - Analyzing CPS’ 2015 Budget

Earlier this month Chicago Public Schools unveiled its budget for 2015. We analyze the district’s $5.7 billion budget.

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