Today is a day of mourning for the children of Chicago. Their education has been hijacked by an unrepresentative, unelected corporate school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision for improving the education of our children. Closing schools is not an education plan. It is a scorched earth policy. Evidence shows that the underutilization crisis has been manufactured. Their own evidence also shows the school district will not garner any significant savings from closing these schools.

This is bad governance. CPS has consistently undermined school communities and sabotaged teachers and parents. Their actions have had a horrible domino effect. More than 40,000 students will lose at least three to six months of learning because of the Board’s actions. Because many of them will now have to travel into new neighborhoods to continue their schooling, some will be victims of bullying, physical assault and other forms of violence. Board members are wishing for a world that does not exist and have ignored the reality of the world we live in today. Who on the Board will be held responsible? Who at City Hall will be held responsible?

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis commenting on today’s news that the Board of Education has voted to close 50 Chicago public schools.

While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.

CHICAGO. Teachers don’t have a contract yet. I think they’re voting on a strike end of the first week of October this week (x). So, with the obligatory warning to strike, it looks like Chicago teachers might be striking again around Oct 17th.

Something like $500,000,000 in payouts in suits against police abuse in Chicago and CRAZY AS IT SOUNDS the budget for schooling is like $500,000,000 short. A thousand or so teachers fired in Chicago and Mayor Emanuel just said he wants to hire around a thousand new police. You actually have the further militarizing of the public space in Chicago paid for by defunding schools.

Support Chicago students and schools, by supporting the teachers in their upcoming contract struggle.

Chicago Teachers Union site with all the news (link).

24: A Summary
  • Jack Bauer:You have to listen to me or there's going to be another attack
  • Chloe O'Brian:Of course. Even if we didn't have a long personal history of working together I'd still help you because you've always been right in the past
  • CTU:No
  • FBI:No
  • CIA:No
  • Cabinet Members:No
  • Foreign Officials:No
  • Presidential Advisers:No
  • President:No
  • Terrorist:*launches another attack*
  • Everyone:Give Bauer whatever he needs to stop this
  • Jack Bauer:So you'll listen to me in the future?
  • Everyone:Probably not
When will there be an honest conversation about poverty and racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of an education product in our school system? When will we address the fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents’ income or education level?
—  Karen Lewis, Chicago Teacher’s Union president on the school closure crisis in Chicago.

Liberals, you know what hurts children? Look in the mirror. Your complicity with a regime of austerity that deprives poor people’s kids of everything they need in order to thrive. That’s what the teachers are protesting. Not only are they seeking to improve their own dismal labour conditions, they are fighting to save Chicago’s public schools - and kids - from Democratic politicians who seek to destroy them.

“Keeping class sizes small is one of the few proven ways to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor children.”

The educators are asking for better learning conditions for the children they teach, including smaller class sizes. In early grades, it is well documented that large class sizes hurt student achievement. Keeping class sizes small is one of the few proven ways to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor children.

Chemical, Chapter 51

“What did you call me?”

“I dunno.”

“You don’t know?”

Tom shook his head, grinning a little through his split lip.  "No idea.  It just sounded good.“  Chris laughed and pushed him, then put an arm around his shoulders.

"Yeah, it did sound pretty cool.”  He tugged Tom up close against him;  I had to put my hand over my mouth to stifle a loud gasp of surprise when he pressed his lips to the side of his head.  "This is about mom, isn’t it?“

Tom nodded, looking up at the sky, squinting against the bright sunlight.  "My mom didn’t love me, your mom did.  She was the only real mother I ever had.”

“She was the only mother I ever had too, ya know.”

“I know.”

Chapter 51 is here:

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "The Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates decided this afternoon to end the city’s first teacher strike in 25 years and return more than 350,000 students to the classroom Wednesday. The decision was reached after some 800 delegates convened at a union meeting hall near Chinatown to discuss and debate a tentative contract. Union leaders had already signed off on the agreement with Chicago Public Schools."