Q&A with CTU President Karen Lewis

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We spoke with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis about school safety, closings and more. Read what she had to say.

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CPS Closure Timeline

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View our timeline for more on the steps leading up to the CPS final closure list, and what parents should expect next. 

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Controversy Over CPS Open Hearings

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April 02, 2013 - Controversy Over CPS Open Hearings

The rhetoric heats up in anticipation of Wednesday's school board meeting. Some critics say their voices are being excluded. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/28

School Closings Rally

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March 28, 2013 - Viewer Feedback: 3/28

We read some of your thoughts about the school closings protest rally in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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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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Map: Proposed School Closings

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We have heard a lot about school closings, but where exactly will affected Chicago students attend school next year? View our interactive map to make sense of the shuffle.

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School Board Meeting Held in Midst of Protests

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April 03, 2013 - School Board Meeting Held Amid Protests

Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the School Board faced angry parents for the first time since the announcement that 54 schools would close. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/29

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March 29, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists delve further into the CPS school closings in this web-exclusive conversation.

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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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