A Brief Analysis of the Illinois Education Reform Act Lieberman, Myron.

In September 1987 some 29,000 teachers belonging to the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike for the ninth time since 1970. Frustration over this recurring pattern of strikes and the dismal academic performance of the district's students prompted the Illinois legislature to pass an education reform bill, which took effect on July 1, 1989. In this article, Dr. Myron Lieberman offered his precursory assessment of the plan to decentralize Chicago schools and predicted that it would only end in failure.