How many 'waiting lists' can one sophist dance on the head of a fictional pen?... Charter's Big Lies debunked at Catalyst debate
It's been really a pleasure to re-read and watch, thanks to Catalyst, the "debate" over charter schools held last week. The participants -- Jackson Potter from the CTU, Charles Payne, from the University of Chicago, and Andrew Broy from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools -- were all articulate.
But my favorite time always comes when we are subjected to the fictional numerological machinations of the charter school people. When Arne Duncan made up the fiction that a charter school "waiting list" was some kind of measure of why we needed to eternally expand Chicago charters, I challenged him to publish the list. As usual, his Fuck You answer was "I'll get back to you on that..." I'm still waiting, and every time I see Arne, I want to ask him for that list again.
The "waiting list" is one of the many lies that Chicago invented to push the charters.
Not a misunderstanding, a lie. They made it up with the help of Arne Duncan, who began the lie when he was head of Chicago's public schools and has been spreading it since he became U.S. Secretary of Education in January 2009. Pure fiction, but what's integrity when a talking point is being field tested?
Chicago — and the "Chicago Boys" — have always been a source of what critics have long called "Magic Numbers."
Once upon a time, that number in Chicago was lower than it is today. When Arne Duncan was doing the job at the Chicago level, the magic number he made up was "9,000." He repeated it, a talking point, for years and years, then when Barack Obama made him (and the Chicago Boys) U.S. Secretary of Education (actually, a reiteration of the infamous plan the same guys and ideology did in Chile), the famous "9,000 ..." waiting list lie continued. Only then it was, at various times, various other cities.
By the time this week's debate took place, the Magic Number had doubled.
Andre Broy is now going around claiming that Chicago charters have a "waiting list" of 18,000. BY GOSH! OMG! IT'S DOUBLED! And so, based on the Big Lie out of Chicago, the latest Chicago Board of Education is planning to double the already overbloated CPS number of charters.
Next time they get the chance, the charter liars will be figuring out how to double-down on that one. After all, Arne Duncan got along with his "9,000 waiting list..." lie for years. So now Andrew Broy spouts that "18,000..." number. My bet is that if they keep getting away with this stuff, next time we're going to have an IMP math lesson.
What comes next in the fictional charter "waiting list"?
Some people would suggestion the number is 27,000.
But my bet is that they will really celebrate their progression and tell the world, next, that the "waiting list" is 36,000. Instead of ploying an increase of 9,000 every couple of years, they are going to go into a geometric progression: double the number each time you get away with it.
So the formula at Charter Central for creating the waiting list is X + X + X equals "Waiting List." (We need some additional data on the number of years they keep with the previous lie; it sounds like about five or six, but we need to check that).
But the formula may be:
Giving us 36,000 next time the lie is updated.