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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins us to grade the first day of school.

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According to Chicago Public Schools, safe passage routes are ready for the first day of the school year, Aug. 26, but some parents disagree. Elizabeth Brackett has the details. View safe passage maps.

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About 3,000 teachers and staff have already been laid off this summer in a massive downsizing effort by the Chicago school district. What’s the big picture impact for student education? Carol Marin and her guests assess the issue.

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Hearings begin Tuesday on a lawsuit seeking to block the planned closure of 50 Chicago Public Schools. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of parents, are backed by the Chicago Teachers Union. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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Some innovative programs are preparing school principals for struggling urban schools by mentoring them and getting them firsthand experience. We look at how the Center for Urban Education Leadership at UIC and the nonprofit New Leaders are training 21st century urban school principals for the tough job they face. Read an article.

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Dozens of Chicago Public Schools close for the last time -- and hundreds of teachers may not return. Read a report on national teacher quality.

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Chicago Public Schools says 78 percent of students from closed schools have already enrolled in their new schools. But parents say the process is too difficult. Elizabeth Brackett has the details.

School Closings

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The Chicago School Board voted to close 50 CPS schools. We share what some of you had to say in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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The Chicago School Board voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the largest shutdown in U.S. history.

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Chicago teachers, parents and students march for a third day to protest impending school closures. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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Meet Jeanne Olson, a CPS parent who's trying to translate the district's complicated school closings formula into plain English -- for other parents to understand.

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It’s the last week of public hearings on school closures. We follow Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary School’s fight to stay off the closure list.

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The Chicago Teachers Union promises to launch a political campaign to defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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We spoke with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis about school safety, closings and more. Read what she had to say.

School Closings Rally

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We read some of your thoughts about the school closings protest rally in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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The Chicago Board of Education plans to close 54 schools, citing a $1 billion deficit and under-enrollment. Critics say this move will disrupt communities and put kids in danger. For both sides of the debate, PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown talks with School Board vice president Jesse Ruiz and Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.