Is it a reach to compare Trump’s bizarre response to North Korea’s nuclear testing and Rahm’s response to the CPS budget crisis?
You know that Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have sent $215 million to CPS. In response CEO Forrest Claypool, under apparent orders from Rahm Emanuel, has threatened to close schools June 1.
This is all the micro side of the macro problem of a state that hasn’t passed a budget for two years and probably won’t pass a budget until the current governor is gone.
It is a problem of a state that won’t raise sufficient revenue to pay its bills. There is too little revenue and too little spending on the real needs of the state.
It is also part of the bigger problem of national, state and political leaders, Democrats and Repugs, that don’t give a crap about public schools, especially public schools that Black, Brown and poor kids go to.
For parents, teacher and students, it is not so much the macro issue that is immediately important.
Students and teachers need to be in school for a full school year.
Back to the comparison to Trump and North Korea.
Friday, Trump threatened North Korea with a naval fleet led by an aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson.
The only problem was that Trump’s general, “Mad Dog” Mattis sent the Carl Vinson in the opposite direction of North Korea.
Mad Dog is supposed to be one of the brightest stars in Trump’s military galaxy.
It seems that “Wrong-way” Mattis might be a better nickname.
And so it is with Rahm’s CPS CEO, “Mad Dog” Claypool.
The threats of a Chicago school shutdown is like a ship going the wrong way.
By the way, Claypool is one of those guys, like Arne Duncan, who never runs for office but is always around. Or, in the case of Claypool, did run for office, lost, and is always around.
Paul Vallas is another one of these guys. Ran. Lost. And keeps coming back like a case of Herpes.
Think about that the next time someone lectures you about teacher accountability.
Finally some Chicago Aldermen have had enough with “Wrong-way” Claypool and the Mayor.
“People in this city need an answer. This is getting ridiculous. … Where’s Mr. Claypool? Where is the board? And when are we gonna get an answer about the future of our children?” said Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), one of the Chicago Teachers Union’s staunchest City Council allies.
Waguespack said he is “sick and tired of taking all the calls without being able to give an answer” to parents who want to know whether the school year will be cut short.
“It’s just getting to the point of insanity where there is zero leadership from the people who are supposed to exhibit that leadership. What are we supposed to tell our kids and our parents? Wait another day? Wait another week? Wait until June 1, and let’s see if you’re lucky enough to have a parent who stays at home?” Waguespack said.
“If somebody from CPS, namely Mr. Claypool, would step up here once in a while — at least once a year — and tell us what’s going on, that might be a little more helpful. But we’ve gotten zippo from those guys.”