The official graduation numbers that Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted throughout his first term and his re-election campaign were actually wrong. Chicago Public Schools has now revised the numbers down 2 to 3 percentage points for every year dating back to 2011.
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.
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago - known as C4 - says it will have to close its doors at the end of May. C4 serves over 10,000 people a year. The City of Chicago closed half its mental health clinics in 2012, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing hefty mental health cuts in his new budget. Mental Health workers across the city say the diminishing community based services will likely mean more people in prison, nursing homes, and emergency rooms. We talk about the effects of these closures. Also, music from Chicago's Dolly Varden.