Berkowitz w/former IL Education czar Max McGee on Cable/Web: Are school choice and competition the way to improve Chicago’s failing schools?

Dr. Max McGee is the former IL State Supt. of Education, appointed by Gov. Jim Edgar in 1998-- and McGee served in that office for five years.  Dr. McGee is currently the President of the prestigious Illinois Math and Science Academy ("IMSA"), a residential high school in Aurora for gifted math/science students from the State of Illinois. Max is himself  one of the more erudite scholars in the field of k-12 public education in Illinois, holding two graduate degrees in education from the best university in the world, the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from a fairly good college—Dartmouth.

If anybody in the field of education should be able to understand the great need for School Choice, i.e., charter schools and voucher schools, as a way of improving k-12 education, especially for inner city schools, through competition and innovation, the patron saints of the consumer, it would be Dr. Max McGee.

Does Max McGee get it?  More so than Tom McNamee, Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor?  Watch McNamee here, going toe to toe with Berkowitz on School Choice.

Take a look and take a listen, as McGee mixes it up, so to speak, with Public Affairs show host Jeff Berkowitz. You can watch the Public Affairs festivities through-out the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch.21 (CANTV).

If you miss tonight’s Public Affairs’ cablecast, you can also watch the show with educator McGee 24/7 here.  And, you can go here to watch any of the Public Affairs' shows from the last four years.

Next Monday night's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs  features Charles Thomas, ABC-7 Chicago News' chief political reporter.

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