Substancenews editor on Chicago Newsroom discusses 'Hogwarts' budget wizards at CPS and the attacks on general high schools via biased corporate media reports

It was a pleasure to appear on the cable TV show "Chicago Newsroom" on October 10, and the show will be aired for the next couple of days. Below is the cablecast info and link to the video on YouTube. The wide ranging amount that was discussed in the brief period of time with veteran Chicago reporter Ken Davis told me that any of the topics -- from "deficits" to TIFs to the "decline" of the city's general high schools -- could have merited a full program in itself. It's always fun, though, even as you realize how little time a half hour is.

The show gave us a chance to discuss Board of Education realities ranging from the lies about the CPS "billion dollar deficit" (which was made to disappear at the July Board meeting when Board wizard Tim Cawley found $600 million in "reserves" CPS had claimed had been drained down to zero) and the recent attacks on Chicago's general high schools in some corporate media -- at a time when Chicago had increased the number of "high schools" from around 100 to more than 150 by creating all kinds of silly "high schooly thingies" and charter high schools that the city didn't need. Other topics quickly took up the half hour of the show.

George Schmidt (left) and Ken Davis (right) on Chicago Newsroom October 10, 2013.YouTube:

Cablecast Info:

Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 PM, Channel 19

Friday, October 11th, 1:30 PM, Channel 19

Saturday, October 12th, 7:00 PM, Channel 21

Information about Chicago Newsroom is available from: Carrie Ruckel

Community Partners Coordinator & Associate Producer of Chicago Newsroom

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV)

322 S. Green St., Ste. 100

Chicago, IL 60607-3544

p: (312) 738-1400

f: (312) 733-8226


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