- In 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett made headlines when he claimed that Chicago had the worst school district in the nation. Why did his comment have so much staying power, and what has it meant for school reform in the last two decades?
- As the audience filtered into the Chicago History Museum for our first screening, we asked them to tell us about their ideas and hopes for The School Project. We captured their answers on Instagram:
- On May 22, 2013 the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 50 schools would be permanently closed making it the largest school closings in American history. The School Project followed one family that was affected by the school closings as they navigate the process, and explores the larger implications of this policy with experts like Terry Mazany, Andrea Zopp, Jitu Brown, Wendy Katten, David Vitale, Stephanie Farmer, and Karen Lewis.
The event opened with a presentation by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, which presented new research on where the 10,000 children affected by the closings ended up.