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Inquiry Series Features Renaissance 2010
At the most recent Inquiry Series dialogue, Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan presented an overview of Renaissance 2010, Mayor Daley's controversial initiative for replacing Chicago's most troubled public schools with 100 new, smaller schools over the next five years. The March 1 event was co-sponsored by the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and Inner-City Teaching Corps.

Duncan predicted rebirth through Renaissance 2010, which lets charter, contract and performance schools compete for the right to create schools. "I think we have an educational and moral obligation to step in and do something now and not lose another generation to the streets," he said. Learning sciences professor Louis Gomez served as discussant and kicked off a question-and-answer session. "The Chicago Public Schools has to learn to be a learning organization," he noted, adding, "We need to keep our eyes on the prize, which is teaching and learning."

SESP Students Hear Supreme Court Arguments

Students attended Supreme Court arguments with instructor Cindy Conlon (far right) and met with attorney David Friedman (center). PHOTO BY KRIS VERA

Students who took SESP's Legal Aspects of Education class in the fall had a memorable follow-up at the Supreme Court this spring. Along with instructor Cindy Conlon, several students heard oral arguments before the Supreme Court on two controversial cases they studied in class.

Justice John Paul Stevens sponsored the students to attend the Supreme Court session on March 2 when it was considering two cases about the constitutionality of displaying the 10 Commandments on public property.

"What makes the trip an especially valuable educational experience is the fact that my students studied these two cases last fall, conducted a simulated Supreme Court argument of both cases and also had the opportunity to speak with attorneys from both sides of the