But plenty of teacher’s dirty looks!
One of the themes of this blog, one of which we wouldn’t be so proud if we were more mature than we are, is the hot, steaming schadenfreude we take at the misery of Obama’s legions of supporters now suffering from the very policies he promised to deliver. Deliver he has, right up the keister!
Young people can’t find jobs, sick people can’t afford health care, and black people can’t catch a break anywhere.
Chicago school officials said Thursday that they plan to close dozens of schools in a bid to improve education and tackle a $1 billion deficit.
The move would shutter 61 school buildings, including 53 underused schools and one program. The cut represents roughly 10% of all elementary school facilities in Chicago Public Schools, the country’s third-largest school district.
CPS currently has 403,000 students, with seats for more than 511,000, and close to 140 of its 681 schools are more than half empty, according to the district.
The Chicago Teachers Union opposes the closures, which it says would disproportionately affect African-American students. The union also warns the move would expose students to gang violence and turf wars, an apparent reference to neighborhood loyalties.
“This city cannot destroy that many schools at one time, and we contend that no school should be closed in the city of Chicago. These actions will not only put our students’ safety and academic careers at risk but also further destabilize our neighborhoods,” said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
“We do not have a utilization crisis. What we have is a credibility crisis. CPS continues to peddle half-truths, lies and misinformation in order to justify its campaign to wipe out our schools and carry out this corporate-driven school-reform nonsense,” she said.
The union went on strike last year. The city’s nearly 30,000 teachers walked out on September 10, objecting to a longer school day, evaluations tied to student performance and job losses from school closings.
Nice to see the teachers looking out for their own interests rather than the kids’.
But then, who are we to talk?
The Department of Early Education and Care has failed to take sufficient steps to assure sex offenders aren’t working at licensed day care centers, the state auditor said Wednesday.
In a scathing report, investigators from Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office found 119 cases in which the address of a registered sex offender matched that of a licensed child care facility.
To paraphrase one of my favorite Oscar Wilde witticisms, to hire one sex offender, Ms. Bump, may be regarded as misfortune; to hire 119 looks like carelessness.
Oh come on, you have to laugh. (It’s that kind of blog, remember?) Chicago Public School students are worthless pawns in a game between cash-strapped management and turf-guarding teachers. And Massachusetts pre-schoolers get to play hopscotch under the benevolent gaze of pederasts and rapists. It’s a Democratic utopia.