Going back to school becomes life and death struggle as day 25 ebbs for some hunger strikers in Chicago. Activists, parents and educators are protesting the closure Walter H. Dyett High School, one of 53 schools shut down by Mayor Emanuel since 2013.
We check in with the head of Chicago Public Schools Forrest Claypool for his thoughts on the upcoming school year and what students and parents should expect. We also hear from the Chicago Teachers Union whose members head into the new school term without a contract. Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History has a new leader. And we cap off the show with a look at the film On Beauty, a former fashion photographer’s mission to redefine and challenge our notions of what it means to be beautiful. We're joined by two of the Reelabilities Film Festival's organizers.
After all the anticipation, when students leave their classrooms at the end of the day, you can be sure a lot of people will be letting out a sigh of relief. But what happens next for students, for teachers, for the district as a whole? We're joined by CEO of Chicago Public Schools Forrest Claypool.
Save Dyett hunger strikers say they’ll continue their fight to re-open the school as a green technology hub, even after Chicago Public Schools announced yesterday it will open its doors again in 2016 as an open enrollment school with an arts-based curriculum.