Chicago's Future Chefs

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March 4, 2015 - Chicago's Future Chefs

Over the weekend, students from 13 Illinois high school students competed for their chance to represent Illinois in a national cooking competition. The budding "cheftestants" may be only high school students now, but with the help of the ProStart Invitational competition, they can hope to be the next Grant Achatz or Stephanie Izard.

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CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

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March 2, 2015 - CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced this morning that the district will, in fact, administer the PARCC test to all required grades, rather than 10 percent of schools as previously planned. We have the details.

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Voters Support an Elected School Board

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Voters across Chicago overwhelmingly support an elected school board, according to results of a non-binding referendum that appeared on the ballot Tuesday in 37 of the city’s 50 wards.

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Who Runs The Classroom? Beyoncé

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February 10, 2015 - Who Runs The Classroom? Beyoncé

Pop diva Beyoncé is arguably the most popular performer in the world. But there's much more to her than her success as a provocative pop icon. That's the idea behind a new college course at UIC that delves into Beyoncé's role in shaping "feminist perspectives and [the image] of U.S. black womanhood."

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PARCC Test Controversy

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February 2, 2015 - PARCC Test Controversy

The federal government is warning Chicago Public Schools against sanctions for its decision to administer the controversial PARCC test to 10 percent of students.

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Back on the Job

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January 29, 2015 - Back on the Job

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is back at work and talking to Chicago Tonight about her recovery, the mayoral race, and the controversial PARCC testing.

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In the Middle

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January 28, 2015 - In the Middle

A new project from the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools focuses on preparing middle school students for college readiness.

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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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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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Teach For America Lower on Recruits

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February 26, 2015 - Teach For America Lower on Recruits

Recruiting college graduates into the popular teaching corps Teach For America isn't as easy as it used to be. We talk with them about what the organization thinks is causing the slowdown.

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Education Roundup: CPS Debt, Elected School Board & PARCC Testing

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February 25, 2015 - Education Roundup

In recent weeks, the Chicago Board of Education has received letters from both the state Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education threatening the loss of more than $1 billion if Chicago Public Schools fails to administer the controversial standardized test, PARCC. Wednesday's meeting is the Board's first since those communications from the state and federal governments. Find out what, if any, action they take. We also have reaction to the referendum on an elected school board, and information on what actions the school board is considering to save $10 million.

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"The Opposite of Spoiled"

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February 5, 2015 - "The Opposite of Spoiled"

How do you teach your children to be smart about money? New York Times personal finance columnist Ron Lieber seeks to answer that question in his new book, The Opposite of Spoiled. He joins us to discuss how to instill values and the value of the dollar in a younger generation.

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Adjuncts and Tenure

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February 2, 2015 - Adjuncts and Tenure

Two main tracks exist for professors in the academic world: tenured and non-tenured faculty. Across the nation, some non-tenured, adjunct faculty members are asking for higher wages, benefits and a more equal system. Can these two levels of professorship continue to exist? Is one becoming more predominant than the other? And what is the effect on the cost and quality of education? We discuss these questions and more with our panel.

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Controversial Buyout for President of College of DuPage

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January 29, 2015 - Controversial College Buyout

A controversial and expensive buyout for the president of the College of DuPage has enraged critics who say the $763,000 severance agreement lacks transparency and damages the publicly funded community college's reputation. We hear from the one board member who voted against the deal. 

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Get In Chicago: Progress Report

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January 26, 2015 - Get In Chicago: Progress Report

We check in with the leaders of Get In Chicago, a violence prevention group started by the city in response to the national attention paid to Chicago's gun violence.

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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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