The Promise and Peril of Improving Education in Our Urban Public Schools

We continue to face an education system riddled with budget cuts and decreasing high-school graduation rates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Timothy Knowles, Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago Urban Labs, discuss what it takes to improve our education system in urban and public schools. For Emanuel, the answer is simple: provide quality education. Emanuel urges parents to be accountable for their children. “Kids don’t drop out of college freshmen year, they drop out of college in the third grade,” he says. With Chicago on track to improve high-school graduation rates by 30 points by the end of the decade, Emanuel might be onto something.

Festival: 2015

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