When Congress passed the stimulus, it gave Arne Duncan discretionary money to reward outside-of-the-box thinking. In response to the challenge, Illinois leaders have done what we've forgotten they could: rise to it.
When I was a pastor on the West Side I found myself in the middle of rioting students on more than one occasion. What happened? Since the riots weren't caught on video, we didn't get any help from the White House.
It sounds arrogant--"I'm going to find a new way to write about politics" -- but that was my objective with Destiny Calling: How the People Elected Barack Obama. A new kind of history was being written.
I cannot imagine the Dickensian horror city parents today go through to get their kids into decent schools. Now Chief Mathemagician Ron Huberman plans to select enrollment to these schools based on family income.