Chicagoans know that many of the recent conversations about public education in our town have led to some pretty heated exchanges.
There are a number of contentious issues in play, including failing schools, unimpressive test scores, embarrassingly low graduation rates and the differing views on charter schools.
The Chicago Teachers Union, with Karen Lewis as its president, and Mayor Emanuel’s Board of Education seem to be in a perpetual “arm-wrestling” contest.
So when my fellow board members from the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter asked me to moderate an education forum at Columbia College recently … to say that I was reluctant is probably an understatement. But after talking with these board members and conferring with my colleague Linda Lutton, who is WBEZ’s education reporter, I agreed to do it.
The idea proposed by the NABJ-CC was to invite CPS Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard, along with a panel consisting of people who had opposing
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