The Chicago Public Schools administration is currently holding public hearings around its plan to close and consolidate over 50 schools this year. What distinguishes these meetings from those that came before, and what are they meant to accomplish?

A look at the books besides Persepolis that Chicago Public Schools recommends its teachers use to teach literacy in the seventh grade.

In this audio recording, a panel of public-school advocates discuss the possibility for an elected school board in Chicago. The panelists: Delia Bonilla, local school council parent member, Ames Middle School; Will Guzzardi, Logan Square community advocate; Ben Joravsky, columnist for the Chicago Reader; Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union; and Pauline Lipman, professor of policy studies, University of Illinois (Chicago).

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