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Hundreds turn out to confront CPS on school closings.

January 29, 2013

Photos: DNAinfo

First they tried to shut people up with a one hour power point presentation.

That didn’t work.

Then they tried that old trick of creating small break-out groups to divide everybody up.

That didn’t work.

They hired facilitators.

Oh, God. Not facilitators.

They tried keeping reporters out of the break-out groups.

Blogger Tim Furman: 

Whoever came up with the circa-1941 Germany media muzzle should fall on his or her sword. That person does not understand very, very basic things and needs suddenly to spend more time with his or her family. It will be impossible for CPS to move forward if this individual is there poisoning the well over the next months. I know that I’m just a guy with a loud voice and a blog and how can I possibly be a very serious person–but the truth is that media guidance like tonight’s is an affront to democratic values. 

The meeting was a major CPS fail.

They will try more.

More will fail.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Gerald Berkowitz permalink
    January 29, 2013 12:19 pm

    Fred,
    Since when are Testing and Assessments instructional support?

    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/01/where-are-all-those-ed-tech-dollars-going/

    “Companies within the “instructional support” space earned $892 million, with assessment and testing products registering as the most profitable sector under that category.”

  2. Diane Fager permalink
    January 29, 2013 1:11 pm

    These are incredible photos. gives me hope.

    On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Fred Klonsky wrote:

    > ** > Fred Klonsky posted: “[gallery > ids="26470,26471,26472,26473,26474,26475"] Photos: DNAinfo First they tried > to shut people up with a one hour power point presentation. That didn’t > work. Then they tried that old trick of creating small break-out groups to > divide ever”

  3. January 29, 2013 4:52 pm

    Just got the property tax bill with the “pension” liability”…so i am thinking there needs to be another category listed on these tax bills of “things the pensions build” (you know…”we built it”) Soldier Field space top, Michigan Avenue landscaping dozens of new school buildings, and school and library renovations, all things Gerry Chico, L stations, money for Penny P and her hotels…TIF…the list is extensive…and the alderman, senators, and state reps who voted for this stuff with our pensions…

  4. Jon Bauman permalink
    January 29, 2013 6:05 pm

    Fred, I might be mistaken but I think the PR person for CPS is Becky Carroll. She was the spokesperson for Blago’s budget office. May be wrong.

  5. January 29, 2013 10:25 pm

    How about the new rule for speaking before the CPS board? The sign up is in advance now instead of waiting in line the day of. I guess they need to research who is going to speak and BE PREPARED – not to respond but defend themselves against any truth that may challenge their agenda. The CTU is keeping up the fight and protests. The current CTU is a great example of a UNION.

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