When Ira heard that Cathy La Luz, the best public school teacher he'd met during all his years of education reporting, was considering leaving her job, he went to see her in her classroom.
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Washington Irving Elementary School became a model of school reform in Chicago a decade ago. The school did it without adding a ton more money.
We continue with the story of Irving Elementary, and hear what's happened to make Cathy La Luz think about quitting. In just nine months, the reforms that had made the school a model began to unravel.
Colin Dunn had an A average as an eighth grader, and he was in a program for gifted kids. But he hated school.
The story of Colin's truancy continues. The whole thing was especially awkward for his dad, because he's a behavior specialist for 100 public schools in Oregon—including Colin's school.
The story of a prank that the family was building up to for years. But when the youngest sister executes it—perfectly—her mother can't forgive her.
It seems apples for the teacher is a bygone tradition. Host Ira Glass talks to Mindy, a first-grade teacher, about the rather racy gifts her students give these days at Christmas.
Host Ira Glass visits the Richard E. Byrd Community Academy, a public elementary school in Chicago in need of repair.