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Rahm Emanuel's Privatize Chicago Plan

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They lied! They want dirty scheme details suppressed. At issue is replacing public schools with charter or private ones. Doing so, of course, sacrifices effective education in the process.

Unnamed sources told the Tribune about "plans to launch a targeted outreach program to broach the topic with community groups as soon as" teachers go back to work.

Emanuel's continuing Daley's scheme and then some. It involves letting "private operators of charter schools" educate Chicago kids. He calls it a "key component in fixing elementary and secondary education."

CPS officials acknowledged a plan to dramatically transform city schools. Privatizing them is prioritized. Former CPS CEO Terry Mazany said:

"The union is going to have to face the brutal truth that with declining enrollment and continuing growth of charter schools, there will be continuing pressure to reduce the teacher workforce" and close schools.

The Tribune said "a (CPS) proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation".laid out a plan to create 60 more charter schools over five years." If accomplished, they'll number over 170. At the same time, public schools will be down to 480 with more closures and privatizations planned.

CTU president Karen Lewis complained about Emanuel planning to "privatize public education and further disrupt our neighborhoods."

He did nothing to allay public fear. He's allied with business cronies. They're eager to cash in on privatized schools. They contributed generously to his campaign. It's payback time.

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Chicago children have been marginalized throughout most of father and son Daley tenures. Emanuel plans completing what they began. 

Privatizing schools assures destroying their effectiveness, ending the careers of thousands of experienced teachers, replacing higher paid ones with low paid replacements, and depriving most Chicago kids of futures.

Parents, students and teachers are own to stop it. CTU president Karen Lewis' words ring hollow. She'll collaborate with Emanuel if plans are pursued in a "reasonable way."

"We understand the whole movement of closing schools and doing it aggressively," she said. 

"We either do this together in some reasonable way or we will always be fighting, and I think the key is that the people that are making these decisions want to make them unilaterally." 

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"Instead of sitting in air conditioned buildings with your spreadsheets, come talk to us and look and see what's really going on."

Lewis has her own interests in mind. Saving teacher jobs is key. Fewer teachers means fewer union members, less revenue, and less power and income for her and other CTU officials.

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