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Published on May 23, 2011
Dan Rather Reports, Tuesdays at 8pm ET. On the heels of "A National Disgrace," our two-hour special presentation on the crisis in the Detroit Public Schools, this week's program focuses on several of the most important and controversial aspects of education reform including testing, the role of teachers unions, merit pay, charter schools, school leadership, and the so-called "privatization of public education. We feature interviews with some of the country's biggest names in education: Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools, who has been lauded as one of the most progressive -- and successful -- big-city superintendents in the country; Jon Schnur, founder of New Leaders for New Schools and one of the architects of Presidents Obama's "Race To The Top" program; Dr. Pedro Noguera, an urban sociologist and professor of education at New York University, whose scholarship examines the ways in which schools are influenced by poverty; and Diane Ravitch, former US Assistant Secretary of Education and best-selling author of more than a dozen books about public education.