Several public charter schools want to relocate and some of their proposals are drumming up a lot of controversy. Principals, parents, and aldermen from the north side showed up at a public hearing Thursday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to oppose a new high school that wants to relocate to a building at Irving Park road and Lakeshore drive. Others were concerned about charters moving into the closed schools from 2013. WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea has the latest. And, we hear from rap group Poetic Pilgrimage.
Parishioners at Cardinal Francis George’s boyhood church aremourning him right now. The former long-time head of the Archdiocese of Chicago died Friday from cancer. He was 78. WBEZ’s Lynette Kalsnes went to his old church on Chicago’s Northwest Side to learn more. Also, we look at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first 100 days in office. And, The Breakfast Club celebrates 30 years.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - most recently known as No Child Left Behind. The law expired at the end of last year. Our panel of Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, Robin Steans and Peter Cunningham takes on some of the changes that may be ahead, and how the new policies could affect both students ad teachers. Also, a look at the threat of private development at the Indiana Dunes.