In Chicago Rahm Emanuel has closed 50 “underutilized” public schools and is rapidly replacing them with charter schools. The unelected board of education (CPS) will consider 21 total charter applications on January 22nd.
Additionally, a stacked, special “charter school funding task force” put together by Springfield lawmakers and led by State Rep., Dan Burke, will come out with their “findings” prior to the general assembly returning to session (Jan 28th). We expect that Dan Burke will be recommending more money for charter schools - big surprise (possibly at a Jan 13th task force meeting). And, what a waste considering that the “too broke to pay the bills and pensioners” general assembly gave UNO (in Dan Burke’s district) $98 million dollars that was wasted on scandal-riddled construction projects.
The hedge fund managers and their politicians (Rahm, Rauner, Madigan, etc.) are not going to stop their privatization assault on public schools so we need to push back. You can help by attending and bringing a friend to either the Jan 14th event in Chicago, or the second event in the suburbs scheduled on Jan 23rd.
Event details and flyers are below the fold. (more…)