Chicago's own Gwendolyn Brooks coined the term “verse journalism.” The idea is turning to news for poetic inspiration. Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, has been teaching the form, and joined Neighborhood Writing Alliance for a workshop last month.
Friday on Afternoon Shift we talk about getting into choosy high schools, the debate over a new airport and selective memory of a certain Chicago brawl.The specifics:Listen to the first hour of the showMagnets and Selective Enrollment
This month, students are finding out whether or not they’ve been accepted to attend a selective enrollment or magnet school in the fall, so it seems like a fitting time to check in Katie Ellis. Ellis is Chicago Public Schools’ executive director of access and enrollment.
Kids cost a pretty penny these days. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs a middle-income, two-parent family $226,920, on average, to raise a child from birth to age 18—that’s almost 14 grand every year!