Chicago Archdiocese Announces School Restructuring

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The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a number of school consolidations, re-purposing, and closings as part of its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools.

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Chicago Schools: The Worst in the Nation?

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October 28, 2014 - Chicago Schools: The Worst in the Nation?

Whether you support Chicago neighborhood schools or the creation of more charters, many residents agree that something needs to be done to bolster Chicago's education system. But how did we get to this point? A new docu-series traces the history of school strife in Chicago and the issues facing our youngest generation to spur conversation and change.

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CPS Looks to Replace Midterm Testing

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October 22, 2014 - CPS Looks to Replace Midterm Testing

Chicago Public Schools is requesting to extend the pilot of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) before implementing it district-wide.  Brandis Friedman has the story.

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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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Waukegan Strike Drags On

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October 27, 2014 - Waukegan Strike Drags On

Waukegan teachers are entering their fourth week on strike -- today is day 18. Brandis Friedman talks with parents, teachers, and both sides of the negotiating table.

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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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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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