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March 27, 2009

THE ARNE DUNCAN LEGACY CONT'D

More news from the former school system of Obama's Secretary of Education

Substance News,IL - The fight to stop Mayor Richard Daley's radical privatization plan to close as many public schools as possible and replace them with 100 "new schools" (most of them charter schools) received a boost in the African American community when Rainbow PUSH joined the fight.

"It's a dangerous plan," the Reverend Jesse Jackson told Substance after an Operation PUSH meeting. "It's excluding kids from the neighborhood with no measurable effects in achievement. I agree that there should be a moratorium to stop this."

Last year 25 schools were closed. This year 16 were either closed, phased out, consolidated or labeled "turnaround." Six schools were taken off what opponents of Renaissance 2010 call the "Hit List" due to the massive organizing efforts of CORE, a powerful grassroots caucus in the Chicago Teacher's Union that worked with community groups, students and parents to protest the closings. . .

[Operation PUSH'S] Jonathan Jackson noted that Chicago is now the most dangerous city in the nation, and that the school closings have helped to further increase violence in the city. After Calumet, Austin and Englewood high schools were closed between 2004 and 2008 (forcing their students to go to other public high schools, after in many cases having to travel great distances) under the Renaissance 2010 plan, the schools that received the overflow of new students saw violence skyrocket in their schools. . .

Many say the focus should be on repealing the Amendatory Act, which in 1995 handed Mayor Daley almost total control of the Chicago public schools, and end the Renaissance Plan. Since that time, Chicago has been the national leader in privatizing public education. Now the rest of the country is watching closely. President Barrack Obama, who supports charter schools, named former Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan his Education Secretary.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The New York post just published the tip of the iceberg about Arne Duncan. Here's the real story:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2402926/posts

And its ramifications:
http://www.illinoiscorruption.net

December 29, 2009 4:52 PM  

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