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How Corporate Elites Bought Control of the Chicago Public Schools by Diane Ravitch

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$EE HOW ITS DONE: This article “follows the money!” "The Chicago story breaks out of the education media and into broader political discourse.   The public schools needed help, but  were plundered, becoming a plaything for Chicago’s elite. No one seemed to think about the children.  This is a well-written story of arrogance, greed, corruption, and deceit. Charters possessed the magic power to make all the bad stuff disappear, because they bottled the stuff that made America great: “Competition!"  But how might schools, like convenience stores, compete? Just measure student performance, and close the schools that 'underperform.' Behind-the-scenes barons  veritably ran the city; it wasn’t even a year before the Chicago Public Schools headquarters. announced the “Renaissance 2010” initiative to close eighty traditional public schools and open precisely one hundred charters by 2010."

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