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04 / 09 / 14
Food Fight: Monica Eng Vs. CPS


WBEZ reporter Monica Eng joined the Morning AMp to talk about her story on the Chicago Public Schools lunch menu ingredients. She updated hosts Brian Babylon and Vivian Mikhail on the situation after she contacted both the distributor and CPS and received little to no information about the ingredients used.

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04 / 08 / 14
Strike for America: How Teacher Unions Influenced the U.S. Public School System


The Chicago Teachers’ Union strike in fall of 2012 made national news as it pitted the public school teachers against the mayor and a CPS Board that wanted to change classroom sizes, raise structures, and the health care plan among other things. A new book from Jacobin Press recounts the drama and looks at how the strike has influenced other actions in the US public education. Author Micah Uetricht joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss.

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04 / 03 / 14
CNN Chicagoland: How one High School Principal is Sharing her School's Reality


I think my main reason for wanting to do it [CNN Chicagoland documentary] was to create awareness, but not just for Fenger- I think Fenger is just a small microcosm of what happens on a larger scale of not only in Chicago but across this country. And so there are phenomenal educators and principles across the country who are doing work under extraordinary circumstances that don’t really get highlighted, where people don’t understand the complexity of the work, so that was really important for me and why I really wanted to do it. And then the second reason was to help raise funds. You know, it’s public education…and how things are funded; it’s complicated. “

- Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier on why she decided to feature her school on CNN’s documentary “Chicagoland”

Liz Dozier, principal of Fenger High School, joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about her starring turn on CNN’s Chicagoland and what her day to day is like when she’s not on national TV. We’ve also been talking about guns following yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood so we’ll look at the ways daily violence affects out lives.

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04 / 03 / 14
Safe Passage and Other Social Programs Discussed with Dr. Coya Paz


"I would argue that the system is working as it is intended to work, does it serve communities that we all care about? No, but is it "working"? Sure. […]Some people can work any system, but if a system is set up so that a significant portion of people will not succeed in it, then those people will not succeed in it, and then we’re talking about exceptional-ism, which is so American." - Dr. Coya Paz on The Morning AMp.

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04 / 03 / 14

We’re talking to Principal Liz Dozier from @CNN ‘s #Chicagoland now. Listen #live ! #ppt #peaceprizethursday #politics #cps #schools #documentary #news

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02 / 10 / 14
Barber Shop Show 152: CPS School Update
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On this installment of The Barber Shop Show, Host Richard Steele discussed the state of education in Chicago and the 7 new charter schools approved by the Chicago Public School board.

We were joined by Maudlyne Ihejirika, Urban Affairs Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. We got an education update from WBEZ’s Linda Lutton & Becky Vevea.

Then, we heard from Erica Swinney, Program Director of Manufacturing Renaissance at Austin Polytechnical Academy, as well as
Jeralmiah Harmon, a 2012 graduate from Austin Polytech. He successfully transitioned into a job though the Manufacturing Renaissance program.
We also heard from Angelica Alfaro, a Noble Charter School alumna from the first graduating class in 2003.

Tune in live Fridays at Noon on | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5fm (NWI).

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12 / 03 / 13
The State of Unions: Should the CTA have cut their Ex-Offender Hiring Program?


After six years, a program that hired additional workers in ex-offenders to clean CTA train cars and buses will wrap up on Dec. 31. The CTA, which spent nearly $3 million annually on the program, is pointing their finger at the maintenance union Local 308 for removing the program when they re-upped their contract. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by our callers and listeners this morning as they debated on whether or not the reason from the CTA was justifiable and the effectiveness and current state of work unions.

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10 / 10 / 13
Documenting Voices: DePaulians Speaking Out Against The New Controversial Arena


$55 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds will be going to build a new basketball arena for DePaul University on the lakefront. The school will be kicking in $70 million of its own, but the huge appropriation of taxpayer funds combined with the shuttering of 50 public schools this year has offended city residents and DePaul students who would like to see the money used in other ways. This morning the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by DePaul student Danny Morlock, whose documentary film captures these sentiments. One of the points that were made, of course, was the fact that DePaul’s basketball team has ranked the school among the National Big East division and this has instigated a bigger push for the controversial idea to become a rapid reality.

(Photo Courtesy of Grant Myatt/The DePaulia)

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09 / 09 / 13
Barbershop Show 136: Programs That Help


For this installment of the Barbershop Show, Richard Steele speaks with Sheryl Abel. Abel heads H.O.P.E., an organization dedicated to helping female ex-offenders get back on their feet. Sheryl shares her story of how her past led her to helping women make better decisions. Reverend Valerie Riley, of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), along with Willie Powell of H.O.P.E., also join us live. Riley is director of LSSI’s Connections, a program that serves incarcerated mothers, women who are returning home from prison, their children and the children’s caregivers in Metro Chicago.

Richard is also joined by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton. The education reporter talks about Year Up, a program that gives teens a crash course on how to fit in in the professional world.

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08 / 13 / 13
Back to School Reality Check: How Effective will "Safe Passages" Be?


For most CPS students, school is just around the corner and “safe passage” signs are beginning to pop up and the city will be hiring over 600 people to monitor these routes and make sure students are as protected as possible when they walk to and from school. In addition to these monitors, there will be marks that will distinct these safe passages from non-safe ones and signs that will state fines for anyone in these safe passages who carry weapons and firearms. But this has sparked conversations about the effectiveness of these passages as two people were shot on a safe passage route over the weekend. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed the possible realities of this experimental plan, and whether or not these passages will change the violent behaviors and mentalities of shooters.

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08 / 01 / 13
New School Closings and Routes Question Effectiveness of 'Safe Passages'

Safe passage is not a new phrase, it’s always talked about when kids are walking through dangerous neighborhoods to school, but it really came to be applied to schools because kids could walking much farther in many instances than they were before and through and across rival gang turf. And that’s where people are worried about it. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said you can’t let gangs dictate what you’re doing but on the other end this is the reality that you have to deal with, that gangs are rivals and kids get caught in the crossfire all too often already. “
Ted Cox,

One of the strongest arguments against the closing of over 50 of some of CPS’s schools was that students would have to cross gang lines to get to their new facility. To mitigate fears, the Police Department have established “Safe Passage” zones on school routes. Ted Cox of DNAInfo Chicago joined AMp host Molly Adams and guest co-host Michael Puente as he discussed how effective they may be.

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06 / 18 / 13

Vocalo Overdrive: Cash Money Tuesday: June 18, 2013 f


850 layoffs: A couple of weeks ago, CPS voted to close 50 schools and as a result, 850 workers will be laid off. We discuss.

Liars on the Job: According to research, 81% of people lie on the job. Carol Kinsey Goman is the author of “The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot…

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06 / 12 / 13
High school students are "cooking up change" in national competition


Karen: “We had to meet certain requirements as to food. We couldn’t use butter or salt.”
Luis and Shantell: “NO BUTTER, NO SALT?!”
Luis: “That’s all I cook with! Every day!”

Luis and Shantell had five culinary arts students from George Washington High School. The students in studio: Leonard Gutierrez, Leon Sanchez, Marina Nava, Vanessa Arnold, and Karen Rivera are competing in the national “Cooking Up Change” competition in the nation’s capital. The students talk about the big competition, their favorite dishes to make, and their celebrity inspirations. They even give some culinary advice to Luis and Shantell.

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05 / 23 / 13

Overdrive (Weekdays 4-6 PM): Peace Prize Thursday f


CPS Votes: Yesterday, Mayor Emanuel & the Board of Education voted to shut down 49 elementary schools and 1 high school in the largest closing in the history of the United States. We discuss the details of the decision and hear a report from WBEZ Education Reporter Linda Lutton.

A Boy…

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04 / 25 / 13
CPS Public Meetings on School Closings, Turnarounds, Co-Locations 2013

Full audio: Chicagoans react to school closings proposals at scores of public meetings

By: Linda Lutton

Chicago is holding more than 190 community meetings and public hearings this spring—all required by law—to gather feedback on its proposal to close an unprecedented 54 schools. The district also has proposed six school turnarounds (complete re-staffings that also turn the school over to the private nonprofit manager Academy for Urban School Leadership), and 11 “co-locations” where 23 schools would share space in 11 buildings. See a list of all proposals here.

Chicago Public Schools contracted with a vendor to record public meetings that took place between April 6 and April 15 in affected communities. Through an open records request, WBEZ obtained those audio files and has posted them to this site. Additionally, WBEZ is recording public hearings held at CPS headquarters (April 16-May 2) on the proposed closings, turnarounds and co-locations and posting that audio here as well.

We encourage our listeners to help flag the most interesting moments in these hearings by “commenting” directly on the audio. (It’s cool and helpful for other listeners!)

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