Morning Shift: August 12, 2015

Morning Shift: August 12, 2015

Chicago Public Schools announced this morning that it’s eliminating its contribution to non-union staff’s pensions: the so-called “pension pick-up.” So, what does that mean for teachers? We have a conversation with CPS CEO Forrest Claypool about the troubles facing the nation’s third largest school district, and what else he thinks needs to happen to help get CPS out of its deeper fiscal hole. Plus, we hear from CTU president Karen Lewis. Then, here’s a sobering statistic: People with mental illness die 25 years earlier on average than those with sound mental health. That’s according to one study. We find out what can be done to close that gap. And in this week’s Reclaimed Soul preview, Vocalo’s Ayana Contreras stops by with some gems from her vast record collection. This week the focus is on live performances recorded in some of our nation’s prisons.