WBEZ Eductaion reporter Becky Vevea joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio. She came with a Chicago education round-up, from controversies over teaching a common core lesson plan to the lack of librarians in Chicago Public Schools.
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 104 - CPS lunches, The J. Davis Trio, DJ Charlie
In this episode: Have you ever wondered what Chicagp Public School lunches are made of? Well, if you would ask CPS, they would tell you that the chicken nuggets are made of chicken. At least that’s what CPS disclosed when WBEZ reporter Monica Eng filed the Freedom of Information Act to find what CPS is serving its students. She wasn’t satisfied with the answer and pressed the issue.
Also, The J. Davis Trio authentically combine their love of traditional Jazz with their passion for Hip Hop. The result is an exhibition of smooth lyricism and groove heavy soulful instrumentals. They stopped by the studio with a large 7-piece ensemble for a live performance and conversation with Jesse Menendez.
We close the show as usual with some thumping beats. This time, courtesy of DJ Charlie. Tune in!
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.
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.
“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”
"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.
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 www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5fm (NWI).
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.
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.
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.
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, DNAInfo.com
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.