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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, center, addresses the media Monday; Mayor Emanuel is on the right. (CBS)

CPS Boss Defends Reversal On Cold-Related School Closings, Downplays Union Backlash

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks city officials why they back-tracked on earlier plans to keep schools open during this week’s subzero temperatures.

01/06/2014

A maintenance worker for the Chicago Public Schools clears snow from the sidewalk at Ames Middle School on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

CPS To Close Schools On Tuesday

The Chicago Public Schools will close for a second day on Tuesday due to the extreme cold.

01/06/2014

A person dressed as the Grinch delivers a bag of coal to City Hall Monday -- a slam on the Emanuel administration. (CBS)

Teachers Union Delivers Lumps Of Coal As Mayor Touts Computer Curriculum

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the continuing battle for the hearts and minds of parents.

12/09/2013

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

Byrd-Bennett: No Budget Cuts At Schools That Missed Enrollment Projections

The Chicago School system suggests that’s it for right now, as far as further teacher layoffs are concerned.

09/23/2013

Parents and students rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Aug. 28, 2013, to protest school closings and budget cuts. Several students boycotted class to attend the protest. (Credit: CBS)

CPS Approves Budget Cuts; Dozens Of Students Boycott School

About 200 people — including 20 to 30 students — rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education was meeting to approve the district’s annual budget.

08/28/2013

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New School Year Brings Lots Of Changes For CPS Students

A new chapter begins for the Chicago Public Schools this morning, following major budget cuts and the closings of dozens of schools.

08/26/2013

Trumbull Elementary School, one of 49 grade schools shuttered by the Chicago Public Schools this summer. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Names Panel To Decide Fate Of Shuttered School Buildings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is appointing an advisory committee to decide what to do with nearly 50 shuttered Chicago Public Schools that residents fear could be turned into charter schools, or sit vacant and become magnets for crime.

08/23/2013

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CPS Boasts Best Graduation Rate On Record

CPS administrators touted a graduation rate of 65.4 percent for the class of 2013, topping last year’s mark of 61.2 percent.

08/14/2013

Dozens of school marching bands, majorette squads, cheerleading teams, and other groups march in the annual Bud Billiken Parade, a longtime back-to-school tradition on the South Side. (Credit: CBS)

Bud Billiken Parade Celebrates Upcoming Start To School Year

Thousands of people lined King Drive from 35th Street to Washington Park for the annual Bud Billiken Parade on Saturday.

08/10/2013

A man is seen typing on his laptop

Amid Job Cuts, CPS Looking At Moving Gym, Music, Art Classes Online

School officials say for five years some students have been taking those classes online. Parents, though, were surprised to learn of the program. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

07/25/2013

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19 More Elementary Schools To Close For Good Today

It’s a bittersweet final day for thousands of students at Chicago Public Schools; at 19 elementary schools, it’s the last day of class before they close for good.

06/24/2013

Anthony Overton Elementary School is one of 28 schools set to close for good in Chicago on June 19, 2013. Another 19 schools will close for good on June 24, while two more will close in 2014 and 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Final Bell Rings For Last Time At 28 Schools Today

Wednesday marks the beginning of school closings in Chicago, with 28 elementary schools preparing for their final day of class before they close for good.

06/19/2013

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

Bryd-Bennett Unveils Five-Year Plan For Improving Schools

With 49 elementary schools set to close next week, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was outlined a five-year plan to make sure the district’s students are prepared for college or a career after finishing high school.

06/10/2013

Graduation Cap

CPS: High School Graduation Rate Rises Again

The head of the Chicago Public School system will be doing a little chest-thumping today about the high school graduation rate.

05/28/2013

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Opponents Vow To Keep Fighting, Despite Vote To Close 49 Elementary Schools

The decision to close 49 elementary schools in Chicago is done, but bitterness over the move lingered Thursday morning, as the Chicago Teachers Union vowed to continue their fight against the closings, and parents and students protested the looming closure of their schools.

05/23/2013

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, left, and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett discuss school safety. (CBS)

Schools Chief, Top Cop Review ‘Safe Passage’ Plans For Students

School officials plan to provide safe passage along the routes from every school that’s closing to every school that’s receiving students as long as it’s needed. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

05/03/2013

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Welcoming Schools To Have ‘Children Ambassadors’ For Kids From Closed Schools

As Chicago Public Schools officials get closer to closing more than 50 elementary schools, they were releasing new details Tuesday on how they plan to tackle one of the most sensitive issues: blending two schools into one.

CBS 2–04/23/2013

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses the union's plans to increase political activity, including seeking candidates to support in the race for mayor and alderman in 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Emanuel, CPS Can’t Be Trusted On School Closing Promises

As the plan to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools moves forward, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union said she has numerous examples of what can go wrong, and has gone wrong with previous school closings and consolidations.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

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CPS Boss: Special Needs Students Will Keep Teachers After School Closings

The head of the Chicago Public School system has been trying to reassure parents of students with special needs that they won’t suffer if their current schools are consolidated or closed.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defends the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Backs Schools Chief ‘100 Percent’ On School Closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for blasting her critics who labeled the district’s school closing plan “racist.”

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2013

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