Northwestern Launches First MOOC

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September 16, 2013 - Northwestern Launches First MOOC

Northwestern University launches its first Massive Online Training Course, or MOOC. Professor Owen Youngman's course -- Understanding Media by Understanding Google -- kicks off on Sept. 16. He joins us to talk about the MOOC, and about this controversial trend in higher education.

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First Day of School

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August 26, 2013 - First Day of School

It's the first day of school for most Chicago Public Schools students. Elizabeth Brackett has more on the impact of nearly 50 school closings and the effectiveness of Safe Passage.

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CPS Students Begin New School Year

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August 26, 2013 - CPS Students Begin New School Year

We take a closer look at the new-look Chicago Public Schools with Andrea Zopp, a Chicago Board of Education member who voted to shutter 49 schools, the former interim CPS CEO Terry Mazany, as well as Wendy Katten of Raise Your Hand, and Jitu Brown of Journey for Justice.

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First Day of School Looms For CPS

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August 22, 2013 - First Day of School Looms For CPS

Chicago Public Schools students are headed back to school on Monday following the closing of nearly 50 schools and the introduction of new safe passage routes. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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CPS Calls for New Charter Schools

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August 14, 2013- CPS Calls for New Charter Schools

Chicago Public Schools officials are calling for new charter schools despite massive neighborhood school closings and deep budget cuts. Elizabeth Brackett has the details. Read CPS's full proposal.

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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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Shuttered Schools

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August 27, 2013 - Shuttered Schools

What's in store for the closed Chicago Public Schools buildings? The chair of a new committee shares some details about what's ahead.

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Barbara Byrd-Bennett

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August 26, 2013 - Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins us to grade the first day of school.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/23

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August 23, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the challenges Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces trying to win back voters amid the Chicago Public Schools' budget crisis, massive school closings, and rampant gang violence. Watch the web extra video.

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Whittier Field House Demolished

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August 19, 2013 - Whittier Field House Demolished

Whittier Elementary School parents protest the demolition of a contested field house. Chicago Public Schools says the Pilsen field house was unsafe. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.

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Safe Passage

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According to Chicago Public Schools, safe passage routes are ready for the first day of the school year, Aug. 26, but some parents disagree. Elizabeth Brackett has the details. View safe passage maps.

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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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