Fighting to Survive
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about the challenges facing Chicago Public Schools.
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may have faded from the limelight when he stepped down from his perch in the Obama administration last year, but he didn't stop charging ahead on the education issues that he's most passionate about.
He's currently working with the Emerson Collective, a philanthropy run by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, to help pair students in Chicago (his home town) with mentors, internships and jobs. As of late, he's been spending a lot of time in Chicago's Cook County jail, meeting with those responsible for the city's high homicide rate to better understand where their lives took a turn for the worse and what types of intervention could have prevented the actions that led them to a life of violence.
That work couldn't be timelier.