Destroying Public Education in Chicago
by Stephen Lendman
Plans are to destroy public education nationwide.
It's on the chopping block for elimination. It's happening nationwide. Chicago perhaps reflects the epicenter of what's wrong.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent years waging war on progressive politics. He's a former investment banker. He's a corporate predator turned politician. He's an unindicted war criminal. He belongs in prison, not City Hall.
He's Obama's former White House Chief of Staff. Becoming Chicago's mayor fulfilled his longtime ambition. He's notoriously anti-populist. He believes anything government does business does better so let it.
He wants corporate profiteers running as many city functions as possible. He bullies, pressures and bribes union officials to go along.
His schemes involve infrastructure projects, city water, airports, public transportation, parks, community colleges, and public schools.
He's harming Chicago the way Obama and Congress wreck America. Privatizing public schools is prioritized.
Richard M. Daley began it during his mayoral tenure. He called it Chicago's Renaissance 2010 Turnaround strategy.
He planned 100 or more new "high-performing" elementary and high schools by that date.
Under five year contracts, they're "held accountable".to create innovative learning environments under one of three "governance structures:"
(1) charter schools;
(2) privatized contract schools run by so-called "independent nonprofit organizations;" and
(3) "performance schools with freedom and flexibility on many district initiatives and policies."
Under the 1996 Illinois Charter Schools Law, quasi-private/public charter schools are called "public schools of choice, selected by students and parents".to take responsible risks and create new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system."