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When the airing of grievances drowns out the common good…for kids

Norma Rae or Frank Costanza. That’s essentially the polar caricatures of teachers unions that are at play in the uber-polarized debate on public education. A strong voice committed to advocating for the common good? Or a shrill voice committed to the airing of...

A Look at Integration and Neighborhood Schools Through a Different Lens

“The job is simply too hard.” I’ve had a hard time getting that line out of my head since I heard Ira Glass say it in the prologue to the recent “This American Life” series on school integration, which includes...

Of white bread, papier-mâché, and the original “education reformer”

I can still remember circling the Cook County Jail at 26th and California in my brand-new silver Honda Civic, looking for a parking spot. And I can still remember pretty much the total breadth of my knowledge of the city...