Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/12

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July 12, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

It was revealed this week that Chicago Public Schools' central office has decided to strip a majority of the funds raised by individual CPS schools. Joel Weisman and his panel of local journalists take a deeper look into the Sun-Times story. Watch the web extra conversation.

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The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling

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June 24, 2013 - The Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

The Supreme Court punts a case on affirmative action in college admissions back down to the lower court. Read the decision.

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Teacher Training & Evaluation

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June 19, 2013 - Teacher Training & Evaluation

Dozens of Chicago Public Schools close for the last time -- and hundreds of teachers may not return. Read a report on national teacher quality.

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Karen Lewis

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June 11, 2013 - Karen Lewis

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Chicago has to break its addiction to tax-breaks and find ways to generate revenue for our schools. She joins us to talk about the fate of teachers and students under the new-look CPS. Read Lewis's full statement in response to CPS' proposed five-year action plan and read 11 Things About Lewis you may not have known.

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Students Enroll in New Schools

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June 3, 2013 - Students Enroll in New Schools

Chicago Public Schools says 78 percent of students from closed schools have already enrolled in their new schools. But parents say the process is too difficult. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/24

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May 24, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the nomination of Zachary Fardon as U.S. Attorney, and the impact of the school closings vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity.

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Web Extra: Today's Vote on School Closures in Photos

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Check out photos of the emotional scenes inside and outside today's Chicago School Board vote on school closings.

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School Board Votes to Close 50 Chicago Schools

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May 22, 2013 - School Board Votes to Close 50 Schools

The Chicago School Board voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the largest shutdown in U.S. history.

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Karen Lewis: I Hope You Can Live With It

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May 22, 2013 - Karen Lewis: I Hope You Can Live With It

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis  joins us to discuss the largest school closing in CPS history.

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Training for School Principals

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July 1, 2013 - Training for School Principals

Some innovative programs are preparing school principals for struggling urban schools by mentoring them and getting them firsthand experience. We look at how the Center for Urban Education Leadership at UIC and the nonprofit New Leaders are training 21st century urban school principals for the tough job they face. Read an article.

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White Sox, Bulls Partner with Becoming a Man

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June 24, 2013 - White Sox, Bulls Partner with Becoming a Man

Players and executives from the White Sox and Bulls are part of a new series of PSAs to promote Becoming a Man, the school-based anti-violence program. Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, and University of Chicago Crime Lab co-director Harold Pollack join us with more on their collaboration. Watch the video and read an article.

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Teacher Mentoring

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June 12, 2013 - Teacher Mentoring

New Teacher Center is an organization that teaches teachers how to sidestep the pitfalls of early career burnout. Read a web article and watch an extended interview with Ellen Moir, founder and CEO of the organization, who is working to battle the teacher retention crisis in America.

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Five-Year Plan

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June 10, 2013 - Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Five-Year Plan

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins us to discuss her Five Year Plan. 

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett at City Club

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May 28, 2013 - Barbara Byrd-Bennett at City Club

Nearly one week after the divisive vote to close 50 Chicago schools, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett outlines the challenges ahead for the school system at a City Club luncheon. Eddie Arruza reports on what she had to say.

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Viewer Feedback: 5/23

School Closings

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May 23, 2013 - Viewer Feedback

The Chicago School Board voted to close 50 CPS schools. We share what some of you had to say in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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Web Extra: Schools CEO & CTU President

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Watch CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CTU President Karen Lewis's full testimony from today's school board meeting.

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Board President Vitale Defends Closings

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May 22, 2013 - Board President Vitale Defends Closings

Is it worth it? Chicago School Board President David Vitale joins us to discuss the board’s polarizing decision to close 50 schools.

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