She was one of the strongest voices in the school reform movement, but less than a decade ago, Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education under President George H. W. Bush, had a change of heart.
What can Chicago learn from education reform in Turkey? We talk with a visiting reformer about the global challenges of improving schools.
There's a new leader for Chicago Public Schools, and ahead of her is the tricky task of deciding what schools to close. We talk to new schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett about what to do with public schools in crisis.
Undocumented Students Set Sights on College
A group of undocumented students form a support group at a local high school. The goal? Getting into college, with or without legal status. We have the story.
It's an unprecedented nationwide effort to raise the achievement bar for all students. Illinois has joined 45 other states in adopting rigorous, new academic standards for students in grades K-12. Elizabeth Brackett reports on what that means for Chicago schools.
After 17 months, Jean-Claude Brizard has stepped down as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. On Friday, the mayor announced Barbara Byrd-Bennett as his replacement. Who is the new head of CPS, and what obstacles does she face? Carol Marin and her guests have the latest.
Charter Schools & Ryder Cup
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Bullying is a national problem that can have extreme consequences. A new manual designed for educators helps them learn how to approach the topic with kids. The author of this innovative teaching aid joins us.
Bruce Rauner vs. CTU
We have your reaction to venture capitalist Bruce Rauner's attacks on the Chicago Teachers Union in tonight's Viewer Mail.