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Principal, Superintendent Ride To School With Students For First Day Of Class

A west suburban high school principal and school superintendent found a unique way to welcome students back to school on Wednesday.


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Back To School: CPS Students Return With More Safe Passage Routes

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students returned to class Tuesday for the first day of the new school year, and many of them were taking advantage of the Safe Passage program for the first time.


Our Lady of Victory School drew inspiration from the Blues Brothers and Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones in its effort to raise $400,000 in two weeks -- and $400,000 a year going forward -- to stay open. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

North Side Catholic School Starts New School Year After Facing Possible Closure

Students were back in the classrooms Tuesday at Our Lady of Victory School in Portage Park, after facing closure by the Catholic Archdiocese earlier this year, unless it came up with hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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New School Year Already Underway For Some Districts

Believe it or not, the new school year has started for many students, even though we’re not even halfway through August.


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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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McCarthy On Expanded Safe Passage Program: ‘This Is True Community Policing’

The city’s top cop said he’s pleased with how things have been going so far, as children head back to their first day of classes.


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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.


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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.


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Summer’s Almost Over For CPS Students; Classes Begin Monday

Chicago Public Schools officials are reminding parents and students that this is the last weekend of summer vacation; classes begin for all CPS students on Monday.


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First Day Of School Arrives, But Teachers’ Strike Could Start Next Week

A new year began Tuesday for Chicago Public Schools students, but it could be interrupted after just four days if a possible teachers’ strike goes ahead.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

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Parents Prepare For First Day Of School, Hoping To Avoid Strike

Tuesday is the first day of school for many Chicago kids, and that means Monday was the day for last-minute school shopping, but parents were also looking ahead to a possible teachers strike starting in one week.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

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Back To School Prep: For Elementary, Middle & High School Students

The first day of school feels to children the way the first day on a job feels to parents, a bit stressful. The two best ways to prepare your children for a less stressful first day is to change as many unknown factors to known and provide positive support.


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Emanuel, Brizard Tout Longer School Day As Year Begins For Some Schools

A teacher strike is still a possibility next month, but on Monday morning, classes began as scheduled at about a third of the schools in the Chicago Public Schools system.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2012

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Brizard: Many Parents Pleased With Longer School Day

As he prepared to welcome students back to classes on Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard said many parents had told him they were pleased with the longer school day.

CBS 2–08/01/2012

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State Senator Wants To Lengthen First, Last Days Of School

The super-short days that begin and end the school year could become things of the past in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–02/14/2012

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CTA: Free Rides On First Day Of School Will Be Annual Event

Chicago Transit Authority officials say free rides for Chicago Public Schools students and the parents who accompany them will become an annual event.

WBBM Newsradio–09/14/2011

Chicago police officers, along with volunteers from the community, provide security at Cook Elementary School and other Chicago Public Schools under the Safe Passage Program, to make sure kids can get to and from school safely. (Credit: CBS)

Start Of School Year Means Return For ‘Safe Passage Program’

The start of schools citywide also heralded the resumption of full-scale efforts to keep kids safe on the way to and from school under the Safe Passage Program.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

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First Day Of School Arrives; Longer School Day Debate Rages On

The first day of school arrived Tuesday for students at Chicago Public Schools, in the midst of a battle between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union over longer school days.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

Reighne Dyson, 8, (left) and her father, Mejai Kai Dyson (right) get ready to ride their bikes home after shopping for school supplies on Sept. 5, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Group Urging Dads To Get More Involved In Kids’ Education

As most Chicago Public School students were preparing for the first day of school on Tuesday, Community activists were urging fathers to get more involved in their kids’ education.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2011

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Kids Prepare For First Day Of Class Amid Longer Day Debate

As students and parents were preparing for the first day of school in just two days, the head of the teachers union was standing firm in insisting that schools should wait for a more detailed plan before implementing a longer school day.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2011