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Your Chicago: Embarc Education Program

Sometimes the most powerful lessons are learned out of the classroom. That notion is what drives a program in the Chicago Public Schools, CBS 2′s Kate Sullivan reports.


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Parents Mobilize Against Move To Convert Ames Middle School Into Military Academy

Parents, students and community volunteers who oppose conversion of Logan Square’s Ames Middle School into a military academy canvassed the neighborhood surrounding the school Saturday.


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Council Votes To Name Two Schools After Jesse Owens

The name of 1936 Olympic hero Jesse Owens will soon grace two Chicago Public Schools, just months after the old Owens Academy was merged into another school and lost its identity.


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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.


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Emanuel Announces $17 Million Expansion For Walter Payton Prep

Mayor Emanuel says he’ll use a special tax fund to expand the North Side’s much desired Walter Payton College Prep High School, WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


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CPS Loses Track Of More Than 1,000 Students In School Transition

To use an academic analogy, it’s the difference between an “A” and an “Incomplete.” CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


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Expert Offers Tips For Parents Of Kids Going To A New School

For thousands of parents and children, going to new schools can be stressful. CBS’s 2 Jim Williams talked to an expert who offers advice on how to get through these next few weeks.


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New Chapter For CPS Begins Monday With First Day Of School

A new chapter in Chicago Public School history begins Monday, as thousands of kids will begin classes at schools they’ve never attended. On Sunday, many of them celebrated. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley spent the day with families preparing for the first day of classes.


Johnson School of Excellence Principal Alice Henry welcomes new students on Friday as the first official day of classes nears. (CBS)

CPS ‘Welcoming School’ Does Its Homework As First Day Nears

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman was at Johnson School of Excellence in the North Lawndale neighborhood.


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Every CPS School Bus To Feature Video Cameras

Another big change is coming to Chicago Public Schools. For the first time,on the first day of school, all buses will be equipped with video cameras. That means big brother in the main office will have his eye on every student, every bus driver and anyone else who steps inside the big yellow vehicle.


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Thieves Take Copper Pipes From Lawndale Elementary School

Twice this week thieves have made their way into a CPS elementary school in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood and stolen copper pipes, police said.


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CPS Lays Off 200 Cafeteria Workers

School chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Friday’s the layoffs will save the system about $4 million.


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CPS Ramping Up ‘Safe Passage’ Program To Protect Transfer Students

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a closer look at the critical role the workers will play in keeping students safe.


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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.


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‘We Will Not Retreat,’ Teachers Union Rep Tells PUSH

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Chicago Teachers Union representative said on Saturday that work will be done to fight back against the recent layoffs of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees


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Chicago Teacher Layoffs Generate Outrage, Sadness

School administrators and Mayor Emanuel continued to blame budget problems and the unsettled pension crisis in Springfield for the job cuts.


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CPS Set To Lay Off More Than 2,000 Employees

The layoffs include 1,036 teachers, of which 545 are tenured, and 1,077 non-teachers.


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Ravenswood Principal Resigns Amid ‘Stress, Turmoil’ At CPS

Ravenswood Elementary is closed for the summer, but when it opens this fall the principal who has headed the school for the last five years will be gone. Heather Connolly quit Thursday.


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CPS Parents Worried Electives Will Get Axed Due To Budget Cuts

Some Chicago Public School parents are worried that budget cuts will mean sacrificing electives.


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CPS To Hire 600 People For Safe Passage Routes

The City of Chicago, which plans to close dozens of schools this summer to save money, has received 11,000 requests for help getting children to their new schools along safe-passage routes and will hire 600 adults to work along the routes.