Q&A with ISBE’s Tony Smith

Tony Smith previously ran the school system in Oakland, Calif., and is the newly named state superintendent for Illinois. Melissa Sanchez talked to him about his vision for education, the role of testing, charters, finding teachers of color and whether CPS should declare bankruptcy.

Rahm rides school ups, downs

School issues whipsaw Rahm

Four years ago, Rahm breezed into office but quickly learned some big lessons the hard way. Now he’s paying the price, forced into an election run-off with education policies front and center.