Back in November it was widely reported that Rahm Emanuel told Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union President, “Fuck you.”
The reports were not denied by Rahm or his spokesmen.
Now, it turns out that he said the same thing to Chicago’s public school students. Or at least 25% of them.
Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times she was “stunned’’ when Emanuel told her, over dinner, that “25 percent of these kids are never going to be anything. They are never going to amount to anything. And I’m not going to throw resources at them.’’
The remarks are too damaging for Rahm’s people not to try to distance him from them. But they are also too consistent with the comments made by Rahm’s CPS Chief Administrative Office not to be believable.
Lewis said that “evidence’’ that the mayor’s comments came months later, when his handpicked CPS Chief Administrative Officer, Tim Cawley, told reporters that CPS would not put repair dollars into a school with “a chance’’ of closure in five or 10 years. But Cawley said CPS likes the “bang” for the “capital buck” when physical building improvements coincide with academic turnarounds or other fresh academic starts.
Local School Council members this month cited Cawley’s comments in a lawsuit seeking to block the latest batch of school turnarounds, closings and phaseouts.