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Nice Try Barbara, But We See You! An Open Letter to Barbara Byrd Bennett

Barbara Byrd Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Source: chicagotonight.wttw.com

Barbara Byrd Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools
Source: chicagotonight.wttw.com

Dear Barbara,

I caught your appearance on Chicago Tonight trying to reassure Chicagoans that your five-year plan you call “The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children” is going to be the saving grace to a district that has been plagued with educational, cultural, and fiscal problems reaching further back than your days in Cleveland. Nice Try Barbara, but We See You! Read More…

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Change You Shouldn’t Believe In

Students marching in protest to Chicago School Closings. Source: The Washington Post

Students marching in protest to Chicago school closings.
Source: The Washington Post

I woke up a few days ago with a  familiar dread in pit in my stomach when I learned of of the closing of 23 public schools in  Philadelphia. It was the same feeling that I felt when I found out the closing of 49 schools and one program in Chicago. Is this a trend? Is this what we have to look forward to year after year?

Officials in both districts argue that these closings are necessary to shrink a budget gap, and that keeping the schools open would only perpetuate the status quo. Even if I were to believe that their arguments were warranted to suggest that closing these schools are going to do anything to change the status quo is completely erroneous. Barbara Byrd Bennett has claimed that “The only consideration…is to do exactly what is right for the children.” It is that shortsighted view by the Chicago Public Schools CEO that calls her leadership abilities into question. And it is actions like those in Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington that enshrine a cycle of poverty that the reformers claim to be committed to combating.

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