Responses to my post on Hillary Clinton’s speech in Iowa about closing all schools that aren’t above average fall into a number of categories.
First of all, I was not a great math student back in the day. But even I know that average doesn’t mean half.
Some have defended Hillary by saying she didn’t say it.
Others said it was taken out of context.
I’m not sure I understand what that means. She never mentioned closing schools at any other time in the speech other than when she said she would close underperforming schools. That is the context.
She has never once opposed the massive closing of 50 neighborhood schools by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. That is the context.
It has been over a week since she gave her Iowa speech and Clinton has never walked it back or said she doesn’t support the policy of closing underperforming schools.
Others have written to me saying that when I criticize Clinton on this point I am engaged in a circular firing squad because she may end up being the Democrats’ nominee and beating one of the crazy Republicans will be essential.
We have seemingly been into this presidential election since before last November. There is still a year to go.
While elections are important, they are not everything.
We in Chicago have been devastated by the Democratic Party’s policy of closing public neighborhood schools, mostly in communities of color.
When someone running for office, whether it is Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Mr. Potato Head says we should close public schools as a matter of public policy, they should get called out.
If that helps the Republicans, that is on her.