CTU asks 'What will it take to end this reign of error?'

As the ever-crazier mandates and orders from the various executives at Chicago Public Schools pour out on to the schools, and in some cases like the facilities plan, citywide, more and more people are noticing that the Emperor in this case really is parading around butt naked. Whether it is CPS officials deciding that Special Education now has morphed into the Kafkaesque "Office of Diverse Learners" (under to bureaucrat who never taught five minutes in Chicago's public schools) or the public was treated to a vague Power Point on "facilities planning" by a former McKinsey consultant (who also never taught a moment in Chicago's schools), the bizarre realities imposed on America's third largest school system by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is becoming clear to even the most astute ignorer of facts.

On October 2, 2013, Chicago Teachers Union officials called out Barbara Byrd Bennett and the RahmBoard:

CPS breaks more promises, tells more lies... What will it take to end this reign of error?

CHICAGO - Today, the Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement in response to CPS plan to renege on its promise not to close more schools for a five-year period:

Once again, CPS demonstrates it cannot be trusted to tell the truth about its future plans for our school district. Their decision to modify their promise of a 5-year moratorium on school closings is a smack in the face to the parents, teachers and students who are working so hard to secure vital resources for their neighborhood schools. If there was ever any doubt that the Mayor and his hand-picked team are committed to the destruction of neighborhood schools, there isnt now.

Their plan is obvious: Save money by closing African American and Latino schools, or substitute with charters, and then dump the savings into selective enrollment to cater to the downtown crowd and the new white collar corporate types the mayor seeks to gratify while he accelerates the market in places like Englewood with Whole Foods to hasten displacement and gentrification. When will CPSs reign of error end?

We need an elected representative school board.

The public can now actually download the insipid Power Point that was droned to the members of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago at their September 25, 2013 meeting and then watch the video of the entire discussion. Not to be missed: While three Chicago selective enrollment high schools are


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