Locals Named MacArthur Geniuses

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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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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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Urban Prep CEO Receives BET Award

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July 14, 2014 - Urban Prep CEO Receives BET Award

Urban Prep Founder & CEO Tim King was honored at the 2014 BET Awards for his work at Urban Prep Academies. We sit down with King to talk about the award and Urban Prep Academies. 

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Common Core Faces Pushback

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July 1, 2014 - Common Core Faces Pushback

The Common Core State Standards set expectations for what children should know and learn. Originally adopted by 47 states including Illinois, major pushback against the standards has now developed.

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Outgoing CPS Inspector General Talks Career

James Sullivan Set to Resign

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June 25, 2014 - Outgoing CPS Inspector General Talks Career

We talk with outgoing Chicago Public Schools inspector general James Sullivan about his 12 years looking for waste and fraud at CPS.

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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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CPS Unveils $5.7 Billion Budget

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July 2, 2014 - CPS Unveils $5.7 Billion Budget

CPS officials say they will close a massive budget gap this year with an accounting change that will result in a $650 million windfall. Paris Schutz has more on how that works and reaction from the teacher’s union.

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Big Changes for Chicago Public Schools

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June 30, 2014 - Big Changes for Chicago Public Schools

We dive into recent headlines surrounding Chicago Public Schools.

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Web Extra: A Bullying Survivor's Story

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Six years ago, Katya Mazon, 18, realized the isolation and emotional pain she experienced was bullying. Read about her story.

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