• Diane Ravitch

For many years, Chicago’s been ground zero for what passes as school reform—bashing teachers, busting teacher unions, doling out millions to the mayor’s charter school cronies and forcing kids to take one high-stakes standardized test after another.

And for much of that time, the sharpest voice of opposition to all those things on the national level has been education historian Diane Ravitch.

Well, last week, Ravitch flew in from New York City, marched into the City Club and told the lunchtime crowd that everything they’d been hearing about school reform in Chicago was basically a big old lie . . .