Subscript: Marilyn Stewart could have stopped the school closings in the new contract, but sold out instead. Was it stupidity or corruption?
And to this there has not been a peep out of the Chicago Teachers Union, its expensive publicist, or its less than articulate President. No research. No complaints. No studies. No real challenges. In our opinion, that sellout was part of the deal with Mayor Daley that got Stewart to sign in August and September. Whatâ€™s going to be left of the public schools for the rest of us by 2010 or 2012 (when this horrid contract expires)?
Stewart and her people missed the April 7 â€œRFPâ€ meeting at Englewood High School, which gave the world the map for future privatization. Duncan has declared that the northwest, southwest and southeast sides of Chicago (the places they havenâ€™t charterized and privatized yet) are â€œunderservedâ€ (that term, by the way, means â€œunderprivatizedâ€ and â€œundercharterizedâ€ in the Daley administrationâ€™s Devilâ€™s Dictionary; check this out while we channel Ambrose Bierce). Yup. Even the families whose kids are gong to Whitney Young and Northside and King are â€œunderservedâ€ by Duncanâ€™s definitions.
The only group big enough to sort this out and then challenge both Daley and Duncan on this Blitzkrieg of privation is the Chicago Teachers Union. And since Stewartâ€™s sellout last summer, the unionâ€™s staff has been looking the other way, not wanting to know what the next sellout isâ€¦