Orwellian Duncanian obfuscations and evasions: 'Underperformance', 'Underutilization', 'Underservedness'

How can you tell if a CPS school is “underutilized”? When Arne Duncan says so. Above: Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan was looking more wary than usual at the Board's March 2007 meeting because some of his deceptions were exposed publicly, resulting in a Board vote to reject one of his proposals. Generally, the members of the Chicago Board of Education (one of whom, Peggy Davis, can be seen sleeping in the background in this late afternoon photo) simply rubber stamp Duncan's proposals. Substance photos by George N. Schmidt.

How can you tell if a Chicago community is “underserved” by its public schools? When Arne Duncan says so — even if 95 percent of the people in Chicago can’t afford to purchase one of those half million dollar homes in that “underserved” area.

How can you tell if a CPS school is “underperforming”? When Arne Duncan says so.

After all, if the school system has 600 public schools, 599 of them are “underperforming” in relation to the Number One school. It’s like the NBA or the NCAA. Everyone less than Number One is “underperforming”.

Welcome to Orwell in Chicago. 


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