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A Tale of Troubled Boys

In 2009, Chicago filmmaker Margaret Byrne landed in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, to shoot a movie about a school for at-risk youth. She fell in love with the community, where, she says, “everybody is family.” The school closed, so Byrne focused on three students, following them for six years. The result is her new … Read more

Best Public Schools in Chicago

For our new rankings of the Chicago area’s public elementary and high schools, we plunged deeper into the data than ever before, using smarter, fairer, and more reliable new ways of measuring performance—and got some surprising results.