The old sage once said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those that own one.”
Rahm’s big money backers understand that too well. They bought the Sun-Times last week. And this week they editorialize against the Chicago Teachers Union for their direct action style and protest of school closings and turnarounds.
By the way have you read the Sun-Times recently. Me neither.
Well, that’s not exactly true. I was at Joe’s over on Fullerton getting a haircut and a shave. There was a copy sitting next to me while I waited for a chair.
It had shrunk! It’s now this tiny little thing. But there was room for this:
We appreciate great street theater. We also love to see parents and teachers tell the board it has made a mistake in choosing an individual school, which turns out to be true far too often.
It’s too bad, then, that the protests have gone off the rails, with CTU and allied community groups resorting to exaggerations and inflammatory language to rally the troops and, most importantly, failing to acknowledge that the school system, despite its flaws, wants just what the protesters want: to improve the city’s weakest schools.
That is one key reason we stand behind CPS’ efforts to turn around chronically troubled schools and, in extreme cases, close a handful of the weakest ones. CPS wants to turn around 10 schools and close four, hardly radical in a system of more than 675 schools.
Parents and teachers should speak up if they think CPS has chosen the wrong schools. CPS’ new leadership brags about hosting more community meeting than ever, but gathering reaction to plans is not the same as letting the public help shape policy. But for most of these 14 schools, CPS is doing the right thing.
Well, it’s a good thing Rahm’s money boys on the editorial board of the Sun-Times like street theater. They’re going to see a lot more.