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Behind the Harlem Children's Zone

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Many Chicago area educators are counting on the president-elect to make schools a top priority in the year ahead. One plan that Barack Obama cites as a model for the rest of the country, is the Harlem Children’s Zone. There, a man named Geoffrey Canada believes that to successfully educate students he must take a holistic approach focusing on the community where they live.

Author Paul Tough has just written a book called Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. Tough sat down with Chicago Public Radio's education desk editor Julia McEvoy to talk about what Chicago can learn from the Harlem experiment. Tough began by explaining the idea.

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