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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.

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Bill Daley hands out poor grades to Illinois' public schools, and outlines his vision for a better future for students.

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What can Chicago learn from education reform in Turkey? We talk with a visiting reformer about the global challenges of improving schools.

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The new dean of Northwestern's Medill School stops by for a conversation on how to educate the next generation of journalists.

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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.

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A Chicago Public Schools program that gets students into better colleges and helps them stay there is expanding. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

Undocumented Students Set Sights on College

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A new Chicago Public Schools CEO was named Friday after news broke that the current chief resigned after just 17 months on the job.

Charter Schools & Ryder Cup

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We share your comments about recent stories when we read Viewer Mail.

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The mayor begins rolling out an ambitious expansion of charter schools. We look at how these schools fit into Chicago's contentious education plans.

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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.

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As Chicago Public Schools get back to business following the strike, many still face daunting challenges -- including a staggering dropout rate in some high schools. One recent dropout tells us why he felt he couldn't stay in school.

Bruce Rauner vs. CTU

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We have your reaction to venture capitalist Bruce Rauner's attacks on the Chicago Teachers Union in tonight's Viewer Mail.

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As the teachers' strike comes to an end, Bruce Rauner, a board member from the Chicago Public Education Fund, says teachers unions protect bad teachers. Rauner and Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey join us.