Massive Rally Held to Protest School Closings

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March 27, 2013 - Massive Rally Held to Protest CPS Closures

Hundreds of protesters marched in the Loop to protest proposed school closings. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest on the day's events.

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The Future of Chicago Public Schools

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March 26, 2013 - The Future of Chicago Public Schools

Both sides admit that closing schools means chaos for students, families and educators. But is this a necessary step for reform? We discuss the future of Chicago Public Schools.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/25

Barbara Byrd-Bennett & School Closings

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March 25, 2013 - Viewer Feedback: 3/25

We share some of your comments on our recent interview with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett regarding school closures in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett

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March 21, 2013 - Barbara Byrd-Bennett

The CEO of Chicago Public Schools joins us to explain one of the largest school shutdowns in U.S. history.

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Evaluating Universal Preschool

James Heckman: Return on Investment Can Beat Stock Market

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March 19, 2013 - Evaluating Universal Preschool

President Obama's State of the Union called for universal preschool. Nobel Prize-winning professor James Heckman shares his research on the benefit of preschool decades after graduation.

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CPS Transition Plan Underway

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March 14, 2013 - CPS Transition Plan Underway

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a school safety plan today. It's part of an overall transition plan she says every school that will be closed or receive students will get when she announces her final schools closing list on March 31. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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Karen Lewis

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March 11, 2013 - Karen Lewis

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joins us to talk about impending school closures, and whether race is a factor.

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School Closure Protests

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February 27, 2013 - School Closure Protests

More than 100 schools remain on the list for possible closures -- and in community meetings around Chicago, parents are strongly objecting to the possibility of closing their neighborhood school. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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Kindergarten, Not Second Grade, Could Be Starting Point For IL Schools

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February 18, 2013 - Kindergarten Could Be New Starting Point

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, wants to lower the mandatory school age in Illinois from 7 to 5. 

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The Impact of School Closings & Protests

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March 27, 2013 - The Impact of School Closings & Protests

Carol Marin and her panel of community leaders explore the impact that school closings will have on the city of Chicago.

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Reaction to School Closings

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March 25, 2013 - Reaction to School Closings

High school students marched in protest of school closings, as faculty and staff at six turnaround schools face forced resignations. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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PBS NewsHour: Interviews with CPS, CTU

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The Chicago Board of Education plans to close 54 schools, citing a $1 billion deficit and under-enrollment. Critics say this move will disrupt communities and put kids in danger. For both sides of the debate, PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown talks with School Board vice president Jesse Ruiz and Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

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54 Chicago Public Schools to Close

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March 21, 2013 - 54 Chicago Public Schools to Close

54 Chicago Public Schools are on CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's final closure list. We have reaction.

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Controversy Over "Persepolis"

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March 18, 2013 - Controversy Over "Persepolis"

The Chicago Public Schools denies it banned the award-winning graphic novel Persepolis from classrooms and libraries for its depiction of torture. We have the latest on the controversy.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/14

School Closures & Karen Lewis

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March 14, 2013 - Viewer Feedback: 3/14

We have your thoughts about school closures and our interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis when we read some of your viewer feedback.

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Chicago State University President Wayne Watson

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March 07, 2013 - Chicago State University President Speaks

Chicago State University is no stranger to fiscal dramas and failures. Now the Board wants to boot the university’s latest president, Wayne Watson. But Watson is fighting back. He joins us to share his side of the story.

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CPS Narrows School Closings List

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February 19, 2013 - CPS Narrows School Closings List

CPS considers its final trim to the school closure list with hearings across the city. Elizabeth Brackett has more.

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