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Chicago: Emails Suggest Rahm Emanuel is Open to Considering a Voucher Program; by Diane Ravitch

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 If nothing else happens in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel will go down in history as the only mayor in the US to close 50 public schools in a single day;and now, he is considering a voucher program for Chicago;He has no interest in improving public schools and no hesitation closing them and replacing them with private alternatives. I met him, once, when I was invited to the White House in 2010 to meet with Obama's Domestic Policy Advisor,  & his Education Advisor, to get my reaction to the Common Core standards & their $1 billion proposal for merit pay. Emanuel was rude. He said he had one question for me: Why do Catholic schools perform better than public schools and should we do anything to help them? I tried to explain the differences between private schools and public schools to him."

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