New Report Grades States PE Requirements, Policies

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When it comes to physical education, a new report shows many states aren’t measuring up to national recommendations, including Illinois. Only Oregon and the District of Columbia meet national recommendations for weekly time in physical education at both the elementary and middle school levels, according to the report. 

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The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner to prevent as many as 5,000 teachers from being laid off later this year. 

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees and can unionize. Sports attorney and IIT Chicago-Kent adjunct professor Eldon L. Ham joins us to talk about the NLRB ruling. Read an interview with Chicago Sun-Times Sports Columnist and former Northwestern University football player Rick Telander about the ruling.

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New research shows that the combination of mentoring and intensive tutoring can make up for three years' worth of lost learning for 9th and 10th grade boys who were previously at risk of dropping out down the road. Brandis Friedman has the story. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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We are holding a special one-hour candidate forum, hosted by Phil Ponce, to give viewers an opportunity to meet the Republican candidates for Illinois governorChicago Tonight is partnering with the Mikva Challenge, a program that encourages Chicago youth to be active in the political process. During the forum, high school students from the Mikva Challenge will question the candidates about jobs, gun violence, education and more. View a slideshow and watch web extra videos.

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The decision to ban a popular book from a west suburban school angers students and parents.

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U of I students tell us how a recent reporting trip to Turkey challenged their views of the world.

Noble School Fines

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We asked what you thought about Noble Street Charter Schools charging students fines for minor infractions. We hear what some of you had to say in tonight's Viewer Mail. 

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Copy from your friends? Don't read your notes? Sounds like ways to get kicked out of college, not the keys to success, right? Wrong. We hear from a local college professor who shares these and other unconventional tips for incoming college freshmen.