CNN’s new documentary series “Chicagoland” premiers Thursday night at 10 pm. As the show’s page explains

The series will explore where politics and policy meet real people’s lives — in a city generating change and innovation in social policy, education, and public safety — to meet national and local challenges.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to close dozens of public schools will be one of the topics of the first episode.

In a new article for Education Next, “Mayoral Control in the Windy City,” Alexander Russo takes a close look at Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to improve public schools in Chicago.

—Education Next

Last updated March 5, 2014