The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - most recently known as No Child Left Behind. The law expired at the end of last year. Our panel of Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, Robin Steans and Peter Cunningham takes on some of the changes that may be ahead, and how the new policies could affect both students ad teachers. Also, a look at the threat of private development at the Indiana Dunes.
WBEZ and Catalyst Chicago bring a first-ever analysis of graduation rates for every public high school in the city. Half of all high schools hold on to less than 50 percent of the students who walk through the doors as freshmen.
After criticism that suspensions were being used far too frequently, Chicago Public Schools shifted its discipline practices. A report out of the University of Chicago this week shows that while suspensions are down, some of the most vulnerable students are still being suspended. We discuss the report with U of C's Lauren Sartain. Also, we check in with Sound Opinions host and WBEZ blogger Jim DeRogatis, who's been covering this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin.
When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to double the number of dropouts CPS would serve, few guessed that he intended to look past existing alternative schools to out-of-town, for-profit companies to fix the problem.