Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/9

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August 9, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists delve further into CPS cutting back to 10 standardized tests this year, down from 25. Also, they analyze the good, the bad, and the ugly of Lollapalooza. Watch the web extra conversation.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/2

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August 2, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists debate the ramifications of the Chicago Public Schools’ budget deficit, and whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett have credibility with the voters. Watch the web extra conversation.

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CPS Slashes Classroom Funding by $68 Million

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July 24, 2013 - CPS Slashes Classroom Funding by $68 Million

Chicago Public Schools introduced its 2014 school budget on Wednesday amid protesting parents and teachers. Officials say they will fill the $1 billion budget gap with $68 million in classroom cuts and the use of $700 million from reserve funds. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.

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Hearings Begin on Lawsuit to Block School Closings

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July 16, 2013 - Hearings Begin on School Closings

Hearings begin Tuesday on a lawsuit seeking to block the planned closure of 50 Chicago Public Schools. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of parents, are backed by the Chicago Teachers Union. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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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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Impact of CPS Layoffs

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August 5, 2013 - Impact of CPS Layoffs

About 3,000 teachers and staff have already been laid off this summer in a massive downsizing effort by the Chicago school district. What’s the big picture impact for student education? Carol Marin and her guests assess the issue.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/26

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July 26, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists break down how Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are responding to the CPS budget crisis. Watch the web extra conversation.

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CPS Announces More Layoffs

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July 22, 2013 - CPS Announces More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools have announced more layoffs. This round cuts more than 2,100 people, including 1,036 teachers -- half of whom are tenured. This reduction follows the June announcement of 855 layoffs. Eddie Arruza and his guests examine the latest round of cuts, and how it will impact students and the system’s $1 billion budget deficit. Read the CPS fact sheet.

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Harold Washington Library Enters the 3-D Printing Game

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July 15, 2013 - Harold Washington Library Offers 3-D printer

Complete with toys like 3-D printers and laser cutters, Harold Washington Library’s new maker lab is the first in Chicago that’s open to the public free of charge. We take you there. Read an article.

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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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