Storified by · Fri, Mar 22 2013 11:59:34
The Day Today: Intoday’s Sun-Times, columnist Mary Mitchell applauded ChicagoPublic Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for making the unpopular decision toclose 54 elementary schools.
Afternoon Shift invites Mitchell and HydePark poet Mario Smith to talk about what the move means for families andteachers from shuttered campuses and ones absorbing new students. Plus, parent TamekaBrown gives her reaction to the closing of her child’s school, CanterMiddle School, while Arlinda Smith, parent at Ray Elementary on Kimbark Ave, talks about her school's new role in absorbing Canter's students.
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When Angels Wept: Playwright Charles Grippo and director Gerald Bailey talk to host Rick Kogan about their new play When Angels Wept, a dramatization of the infamous 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School in Chicago, currently playing at the Prop Thtr.