City Democrats betray their base.

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When I applauded the plan to merge the Chicago Teachers Union with ChiACT, the union organizing charter teachers, former Arne Duncan press agent Peter Cunningham, who I assume is a Democrat, suggested it was just a way for the unions to recruit more members.

I had to explain to Peter that a union recruiting members was the point.

It is called “organizing the unorganized.”

But attacking the electoral base of the Democratic Party is what the Democrats seem to be doing these days.

It was a factor in the national Democrats loss, giving the White House to Covfefe.

Cities simply do not produce the turnout in key states that the Democrats need to win.

Democrat Pat Quinn lost to Republican Bruce Rauner in a blue state by attacking AFSCME and cutting state public employee pensions. Rauner didn’t win by much. He didn’t have to.

While Illinois went blue, Chicago Democratic Party leaders and the Mayor continue to go after the very folks who would be expected to vote Democratic.

And so we see the loss of 150,000 African Americans from Chicago just since 2000 because of Democratic mayors with economic development and policing polices that encourage African Americans to leave.

This morning there is this:

Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who released a report this morning suggesting City Hall has backed off too easily in labor negotiations in the past and needs to take a tougher approach, now that contracts covering 90 percent of the 30,000-person workforce soon will be open.

This is more of the same stuff. Protect the wealthy and go after the unionized work force.

Get tough with city unions, and do it now, because “tens of millions of dollars” a year in potential taxpayer savings are on the line.

That’s the message from city Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who released a report this morning suggesting City Hall has backed off too easily in labor negotiations in the past and needs to take a tougher approach, now that contracts covering 90 percent of the 30,000-person workforce soon will be open.

The irony of this, if not the purpose, is to give electoral wins to the Rauner’s and Trumps.

6 Replies to “City Democrats betray their base.”

  1. Fred — what about the Democratic base of Black and Hispanic parents who want different educational options? A lot of them don’t feel that our existing schools are working for their kids. They’re not getting them into college. In many cases, they don’t even get them through high school. The polling is pretty clear. They absolutely love their teachers and think they deserve more resources but they also strongly support choice and accountability.

    1. Peter,
      What point are you responding to? I posted about the attack on labor unions and communities of color by urban Democrats, yourself included when it comes to teacher unions. You respond by saying many African American and Hispanic parents choose charter schools. This is a non-sequitur.

    2. Peter,
      “They absolutely love their teachers and think they deserve more resources but they also strongly support choice and accountability.”

      Peter,
      I have some bones to pick with you:
      Dear Peter,
      I have some bones to pick with you…

      “They absolutely love their teachers…” — That doesn’t occur in public schools?

      “…and think they deserve more resources…” — I’m sure that over 90% of public school teachers, their kids, and the parents feel the same way. As I recall, a lack of resources has been a major issue for decades. Just ask active and retired teachers, especially those who are or were teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. Don’t forget to ask those from rural areas. What makes “charters” so special?

      “…but they also strongly support choice…” We’ve had “choice” since the founding of the republic. I suppose that you’ve never heard of parochial (religious) schools, secular private schools, military schools, or even home schooling?

      “Charters” were created as a lie and a fraud more than twenty years ago. They were sold by charter hucksters, shills, billionaires, and slick politicians as “lab schools” that would develop “new teaching methods” and “new materials” — as “innovations” and “models” for public schools. Even Al Shanker, then president of the AFT, believed that bullshit and supported the creation of “charters” — something he would live to regret deeply before his death. Shanker actually felt betrayed.

      Many of us were suspicious of the “innovation” and “model” argument for several reasons, especially one: Public school teachers were always “innovators” and through our professional organizations (National Council of Social Studies Teachers, American Association of German Teachers, etc. etc.) held regular meetings, workshops, symposia, conferences, and conventions during the school year and summer months whose purpose was precisely to share the “innovations” of our colleagues from all parts of the country and also from abroad. I can’t recall ever any “innovations” that came from charter schools. Why not? The short answer is that “innovation” from charters, though heavily promoted as such, was never a reason for their creation; it was a big, fat lie.

      “Accountability” is another canard pulled by charter hucksters and politicians with ulterior motives. Since when was there no “accountability” in public schools? With some exception, there are elected school boards, superintendents, and building administrators in public schools who have the legal authority to hire and to fire teachers. How are public schools not “accountable?”

      The U.S. is the only country on Earth to have this educational abortion called “charter schools,” especially since their performances in educational “competition” are consistently lower than their public school counterparts. Can anyone give a good, rational reason why?

      So, Peter, you’re also full of baloney. I’m being polite.
      Karl

  2. Well Peter, I’m pretty sure that you are aware of the research showing that charter schools and voucher schools often produce results that are no better than ttraditional public schools, so what you’re really suggesting is a false choice…

    But I’m sure you’ve seen that research as well…

    The polling on the other hand- yeah I’ll concede that. The corporatists (like you) have been doing a great job of spinning that false choice into strands of gold since the William Bennett days…

    Which I’m sure you know as well…

  3. ‘Peter Cunningham, who previously served as Arne Duncan’s assistant secretary for communications, is a very charming fellow. When he left the administration, he returned to Chicago. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation invited him to start a blog defending “reformers” who advocate for charter schools, high-stakes testing, teacher evaluation based on student test scores, and the rest of the Race to the Top agenda. The blog, called “Education Post,” received $12 million from several billionaires, including the Broad Foundation, the Michael R. Bloomberg Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.’

    Golden. Threads.

  4. And Peter, btw, I wouldn’t go advertising past associations with Arne Duncan if I were you…at least not amoung school personnel. There’s not enough polish in the world to shine up THAT turd.

    Forgive me if the last post goes a little too far Fred

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