Over the summer Chicago high school students collected and analyzed data on neighborhood assets on the city’s South and West Sides, observing their community as researchers helped the them understand it in a new way.
After criticism that suspensions were being used far too frequently, Chicago Public Schools shifted its discipline practices. A report out of the University of Chicago this week shows that while suspensions are down, some of the most vulnerable students are still being suspended. We discuss the report with U of C's Lauren Sartain. Also, we check in with Sound Opinions host and WBEZ blogger Jim DeRogatis, who's been covering this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin.
A series of reports from Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ’s Tony Arnold found that the number of Illinois children dying from abuse and neglect remains high – even after the state’s child welfare agency had been involved with the child’s family. With Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vowing to “transform” Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services we take a closer look at the neglect of kids in the state, and the political hurdles Rauner faces in reforming the agency. Also, we talk with organizers of a Black History Month event honoring University of Chicago's first black teacher, Dr. Julian H. Lewis.