CPS has decided to re-open the shuttered Walter H. Dyett High School but not everyone is happy about the news. We find out why some people are refusing to give up their hunger strike over the issue. Students all over Illinois will have a new option this school year: to pray...but not during class time. Plus, WBEZ’s Monica Eng talks about foods invented in Chicago. And we’ve got live music from one of the bands performing at tomorrow’s Villapalooza Music Fest in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. First up, a recap of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s public budget hearings, which wrapped up last night.
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.
Carlos Azcoitia served as a teacher, a principal, and an administrator before joining the board. Late last week he penned a column for the education publication Catalyst Chicago outlining his thoughts on how the board operates, and suggestions for new members as they move forward.
We take a deeper dive into the proposed CPS budget and how it will affect special education. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton joins us to discuss his proposed bill to help CPS, which rivals Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal. Vocalo’s Ayana Contreras comes in with a little Reclaimed Soul. And we talk with the author of the new book “Off To College” A Guide for Parents.”