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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

Opponents of plans to close 53 public schools at the end of the school year protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on April 3, 2013, during a Board of Education meeting to discuss the plans. (Credit: CBS)

School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed Hearings

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses plans to close more than 50 public schools, at an unrelated event in Chicago on March 27, 2013. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Shrugs Off ‘Murder Mayor’ Label Given By Teachers’ Union Boss

Mayor Rahm Emanuel staunchly defended his administration’s plan to close more than 50 schools, as well as the head of the Chicago Public Schools, as thousands planned to gather downtown to protest school closings.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

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CPS Pledges To Invest In Schools That Receive Students From Closings

As the Chicago Public Schools prepares to announce its final list of schools that will be closed or consolidated at the end of the school year, district officials were promising investments for schools that receive affected students.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2013

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Byrd-Bennett: Children Suffer More If Low-Enrollment Schools Left Open

The head of the Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday, despite what critics say, closing some underused or poorly performing schools would be better for the children in them in the long run.

WBBM Newsradio–03/19/2013

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Teachers Head To Springfield To Urge Halt To School Closings

A group of about 50 teachers, parents and students from the Chicago Public Schools boarded a bus to Springfield Tuesday morning, to make their voices heard about school closings.

03/19/2013

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CPS Restructures Funding To Give Principals More Say On Spending

Chicago Public Schools will move to a per-pupil funding model next year, intended to give principals more flexibility in determining how they spend their school’s dollars — while bringing all schools, including charters, onto the same funding formula.

03/12/2013

Chicago Public Schools will be instituting all-day kindergarten next fall. (CBS)

CPS Finds $15M To Pay For All-Day Kindergarten

Art, music, computers classes — it’s a sacrifice many principals and parents have had to make in order to fund a full day of kindergarten. No more, though. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.

02/25/2013

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Community Meetings On School Closings Continue This Week

The head of the Chicago Public Schools is urging parents and others to make their voices heard at meetings this week on which schools might have to be closed.

02/19/2013

Chicago Public Schools

Facing Massive Deficit, Chicago To Consider Closing 129 Schools

Chicago Public Schools administrators are considering closing more than 100 schools as the system faces declining enrollment and huge budget deficits.

02/13/2013

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Governor Seeking Mandatory School Shooting Drills

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for all of the state’s schools to hold annual drills to help students prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.

CBS 2–02/06/2013

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Emanuel Indicates Commission’s Report Won’t Be Last Word On School Closings

According to published reports, the Commission on School Utilization might recommend closing as few as 15 underutilized school buildings, fearing that a large number of school closings might cause too much upheaval.

WBBM Newsradio–01/24/2013

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Morgan Park, Simeon Coaches Suspended After Post-Game Scuffle

The head basketball coaches from Simeon and Morgan Park High schools have been suspended because of their behavior at a basketball game last week that ended in a scuffle between the two teams at the handshake line.

01/23/2013

William Jones College Preparatory High School, at 606 S. State St. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Plans To Double Size Of Jones College Prep

A new building has been constructed, and is set to open next fall at 700 S. State St., but the mayor said the old building, at 606 S. State St., won’t be destroyed as originally planned.

01/22/2013

Chicago Public Schools

Byrd-Bennett Won’t Seek To Close High Schools, Highest-Performing Schools

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has agreed to take the city’s high schools and highest-performing schools out of consideration for closure, as recommended by a school closing panel she formed, but she won’t rule out closing schools with more than 600 students.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2013

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CPS To Issue Preliminary List Of School Closures Next Week

Next week, Chicago Public Schools officials will release a list of schools it is targeting for possible closure, after an independent commission issued a preliminary report recommending which schools should stay open, and which should be considered for closure.

CBS 2–01/11/2013

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