Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:02 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Rahm & his new schools superintendent closing 100s of schools without public input
So this is why Byrd-Bennett was brought in to replace the bumbling Brizzard. Where he played Rahm's fool, she's the sleight-of-hand magician -- now you see it now you don't. She tells Rahm: You want 200 school closed without a community rebellion? Keeping the aldermen in line? Watch this!
Let us close 100-200 schools in the next year, she tells the City Club:, and then we'll give them a five-year moratorium on closing schools. That's the "deal" she's now offering to Illinois legislators. If CPS is to close schools in the next year it must, by law, deliver a list of proposed closings to the Legislature by Saturday. Byrd-Bennett has asked for an extension of that deadline to March 31, which would mean beginning to close schools over the summer when most students and teachers are not in school and it is harder to organize resistance.
Rahm and his hand-picked school board can't afford drone warfare. But they have a kill list just the same, when it comes to schools in the city's most under-served neighborhoods. They just aren't showing it.
In the face of growing community anger and protests, they've switched to stalling tactics and other tricks to get around Public Act 096-0803 which was supposed to “ensure that school facility-related decisions are made with the input of the community and reflect educationally sound and fiscally responsible criteria.”
This afternoon at UIC, Rahm's sham School Closing Commission is set to meet from 1-3 P.M. Of course, no public input is allowed. But I'm told, mic-checks may be forthcoming. Rahm created the commission as a way of circumventing the legally established Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF).
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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:05 AM
frazzled (13,558 posts)
4. You do realize
that enrollment in the Chicago Public School district has declined by 20% over the last decade (mostly from population declines in poorer neighborhoods; Chicago lost 200,000 people from 2000-2010; see http://chicagoist.com/2011/03/01/interactive_map_shows_chicago_popul.php). CPS reports that some 140 schools are now less than half full. Put this together with a deficit that is now more than $1 billion for the school district. Do you think it makes sense to keep half-empty schools open while running a huge deficit that needs to be filled if teachers are to be paid their new salaries and programs are to continue?
This was not a problem Rahm Emanuel created. He was left a declining population and a huge deficit. Schools will be closed and consolidated. It's also true that nobody wants their school to be one of the ones closed (well, maybe some do). People should indeed have input, but that input is in general going to be "don't close our school because of X." Given the scope of the problem, it certainly won't be possible to satisfy all those complaints.