Friends, spring breakers, worker bees:
First, there was the guilty verdict in the high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio -- and the complicated process of trying to understand what had happened there.
Then, there was the wrenching, culturally complex decision to close 54 public schools in Chicago, Illinois -- a decision Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose to make public while he was vacationing in Utah
What do these recent community crises say about the state of our civic discourse
-- and the state of our public schools?
And what would you say if I told you the news about public schools isn't all bad -- in fact, it's possible to subscribe to a steady recipe of what's working in public education
(just click the red button).