A short guide to the essentials of the $160 million Chicago Annenberg Challenge led by Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, among others, from 1995 until 2002, can be found here.
The highlights include:
1) the use of CAC money to support work of Ayers’ SDS comrade Mike Klonsky
2) the “teacher bashing” quality of the CAC’s programs
3) the failure of the CAC to produce any impact on student outcomes
4) the attempt by Ayers and Obama to prop up Local School Councils in the face of intense political opposition from Mayor Richard M. Daley, Jr.