Stories by Brandis Friedman

CPD Use of Force Policy Getting Revisions Amid Larger Reform Effort

The Chicago Police Department's controversial use of force policy gets a do-over. 

History Comes to Life as CPS Students Meet ‘Hamilton’

The Founding Father who became the subject of one of the most popular Broadway musicals in a generation is also the subject of a history lesson in Chicago Public Schools.

Chance the Rapper Donates $1M to Chicago Public Schools

The Grammy winner announced a $1 million donation to CPS, just as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office presented new ideas to rescue the cash-strapped district from its funding wreckage.

Cash-Strapped CPS Files Motion, Threatens Shorter School Year

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools students could be in for a shorter school year.

Emmett Till’s Family Reacts to Accuser’s Confession, 60 Years Later

A stunning confession in the most notorious civil rights case of the 20th century.

CTU, Principals: Special Education in Crisis

(Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

Strong charges from the Chicago Teachers Union leveled against Chicago Public Schools about funding the district’s diverse learners.

School Funding Reform Commission Delivers Report, Legislation TBD

Another commission, another report on school funding reform. Will lawmakers’ recommendations create a new formula?

Chicago Police Department Ramps Up Training for ‘Police Legitimacy’

The Chicago Police Department’s Procedural Justice training. (Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Tonight sits in on a training class that aims to teach Chicago police officers how to better engage with the community.

Remembering the 1st Step of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1,000-Mile March

Once a neighborhood unwelcoming to families of color, Marquette Park is not only a more diverse community today, but one that's now home to a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.

How 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike Changed Fight Over Public Education

A new book argues the teachers strike of 2012 did more than just force a contract. A look inside “A Fight for the Soul of Public Education.”

Judges Help Foster Children Find Independence

Brandon Johnson works in the kitchen at Chicago restaurant the Girl and the Goat. (Chicago Tonight)

From the foster system to one of the hottest restaurants in town: How one young man is “mixing it up.”

Bitter Cold Especially Challenging for Chronically Homeless

Weathering the cold is especially hard on people who live outside. What’s being done to help the homeless.

Part-Time Professors at City Colleges Want More From Their Employer

Adjunct professor Claire Boeck (Chicago Tonight)

Adjunct professors at the state’s biggest community college system say their working conditions make it difficult for them to do their jobs.

Watchdog Says CPS Board Blocking Ethics Investigation

CPS Inspector General Nick Schuler addresses the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday. (Chicago Tonight)

An investigation into whether or not the Chicago Board of Education’s top attorney violated a Chicago Public Schools ethics policy has been stalled, according to the district’s Inspector General Nick Schuler.

CPS Board Approves Revised Budget With $215M Gap

Charter Applications and Inspector General Investigation on the Table

Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools has a budget, but it could change again before the end of the school year.

Mentoring Program at Chicago Schools Expands to Girls

(Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

No longer just for the boys, a popular mentoring program is now making sure girls aren’t being left behind.

DACA Recipients Fear the Future Under Trump

As inauguration day grows closer, so does the fear for some young immigrants that their status in the U.S. will be revoked.

Learning Gardens at CPS Schools Plant Seeds for Healthy Food Choices

Students at some Chicago Public Schools are getting their hands dirty while feeding their minds.

New Report Aims to Increase Principal Retention at CPS

A tough job, but hundreds of Chicago educators do it–a new report on making sure the best principals are on the jobs in Chicago Public Schools.

Detainees Work Through Trauma in Jail, Aim for ‘Something Different’

We bring you part two of our story on a program that aims to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system – from inside the Cook County Jail.

Navigating Community College Takes Support, Time for These Students

Though community college is expected to last only two years, it's a long road for many students. A look at how some students are getting plenty of support along the way.

New Program to Stem Chicago’s Violence Epidemic Starts in Jail

For many young men inside the Cook County Jail, violence on the streets is a daily reality. But a new program based at the jail aims to change that reality.

Strike Deadline Looms for UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Union

The city narrowly missed a massive teachers’ strike last week, but another is brewing for parents at a major charter school operator.

CTU, CPS Agree to Contract, Full Cost Remains Unclear

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago teachers were back in schools Tuesday instead of on the picket line. We take a closer look at the eleventh hour contract agreement between the district and teachers union.

CTU Preps for Second Strike in 2 Contracts

Picket signs are printed and teachers say they're ready to walk out as parents scramble to find care for their children.