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.
We go around the horn and learn a few things about suburban schools, Catholic schools, and schools in Northwest Indiana. Then, lots of people are hit and some seriously injured by foul balls and broken bats at Major League parks every year, but not everyone is for the extra protective netting that would keep people from getting hurt. Then, we dive into some recently acquired musical gems from Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras. And cartoonist and author Jessica Abel has written a new graphic book that takes readers inside some of their favorite public radio shows and podcasts.
Many districts have already started, including many suburban schools. Then there are Catholic schools and the changes, closures and consolidations brought on by the archdiocese. And, our neighbors in Northwest Indiana are dealing with a new state funding formula and a shortage of teachers.
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.