Web Extra: New Charter Schools vs. Old Neighborhood Schools

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The Chicago School Board approved seven new charter schools for the city. Where are they located in comparison with the neighborhood schools that were closed down? View a map of charter vs. neighborhood schools.

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Report Uncovers Fraud at CPS

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January 14, 2014 - Report Uncovers Fraud at CPS

Chicago Board of Education’s Inspector General Jim Sullivan joins us to talk about his latest watchdog report detailing the waste, fraud and corruption he uncovered this year in the Chicago Public Schools. Read the full report.

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Charter School Expansion

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Carol Marin and her guests discuss Chicago Public Schools' announcement of charter school expansion.

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Connected Education Impacts Chicago Schools

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January 8, 2014 - Connected Education Impacts Chicago School

We talk with Digital Learning Coordinator Jennie Magiera about how technology is enhancing the school experience for CPS students. Read an interview.

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Artifice

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December 16, 2013 - Artifice

From building a website to building the computer itself, students from the Woodlawn neighborhood are getting hands-on technological experience under a new program called Artifice. The programs founders, who are affiliates of the University of Chicago, say they hope the program will provide the students with skills that will eventually turn into careers or small businesses. Read an article.

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University of Illinois President Warns about Pension Deal

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Before he knew the contents of the final pension deal reached this afternoon, University of Illinois President Robert Easter warned his faculty in a memo that upcoming pension reform could be “onerous for public employees.”

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10 Steps for Academic Success

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What can parents and caregivers do to prepare middle school students for educational success? WTTW’s list of 10 suggestions includes staying in contact with teachers, knowing your child’s friends, and making attendance and punctuality a priority. Read an article.

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Bill Introduced to Expand Early Learning Programs

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A bill introduced in Congress today would expand access to high-quality preschool for 4-year-old children from low and moderate income families. Read a summary of the bill and a fact sheet.

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1963 Chicago Public School Boycott

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October 22, 2013 - 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott

Fifty years ago today, 200,000 Chicagoans boycotted segregationist policies by Chicago Public Schools. Watch a video clip from a new documentary that chronicles the protest and read an article.

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Chicago School Board Approves 7 New Charters

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January 22, 2014 - Chicago School Board OKs New Charters

The Chicago School Board voted Wednesday to approve seven new charter schools in the city. Many parents, as well as the Chicago Teachers Union, have said they will protest any expansion following the closing last year of 50 neighborhood schools. We have the latest on the vote and reaction to it. View a graphic and a map on the new proposed charter schools.

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Special Education Shortage

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January 13, 2014 - Special Education Shortage

School districts across the country are reporting a shortage of special education teachers. We take a look at Chicago Public Schools' shortage and find out how districts and universities are working to fill the void. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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BGA, Chicago Mag on UNO's Juan Rangel

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Chicago magazine and the Better Government Association break a special report on the rise and fall of Juan Rangel of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), and the future of the clout-heavy charter school network. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Malcolm X College

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December 26, 2013 - Malcolm X College

We take a look at community residents who are getting trained to help construct the new Malcolm X College. Read an interview and view a slideshow.

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Early Education in Latino Community

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December 3, 2013 - Early Education in Latino Community

As one in four births in Illinois is a Latino child, advocates at the Latino Policy Forum say the Latino community needs further investment, particularly in early education. We take a look at a home visiting program designed to help mothers learn how to better prepare their children for the first days of school, so that Latino children don’t start off academically behind their peers. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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American Graduate Special

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November 21, 2013 - American Graduate Special

With a nationwide high school graduation rate of 75 percent and a graduation rate in the Chicago Public Schools at 65 percent, what happens to the other millions of students nationwide and thousands locally who don’t graduate? Chicago Tonight’s American Graduate Special, with a live studio audience, examines this crisis and what can be done about it.

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Google Wins Fair Use Suit Against Authors

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November 18, 2013 - Google Wins Fair Use Suit Against Author

A lawsuit that began in 2005 was ruled in favor of Google’s mission to digitize millions of books this month. Read an article about the court ruling.

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Head Start Program Uses Environmental Approach to Early Learning

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October 23, 2013 - Head Start Program Uses New Approach

A teaching method that started in Italy, and isn’t often seen in low-income communities, is helping pint-sized students in the Back of the Yards neighborhood learn from their environment—despite their environment’s penchant for violence. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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