The three-day community vigil at Dyett High School.
For the past couple of days parents and members of the Bronzeville community have been holding a vigil at the neighborhood’s last open admission public high school.
That would be Walter H. Dyett High School.
CPS plans to shutter it.
But community and school activist Jitu Brown and others have developed a proposal for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School, supported by the CTU and other organizations in the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett.
“If Dyett closes, there will be no more open-enrollment, neighborhood high schools in Bronzeville, and the question we have for Ald. Will Burns and for Mayor Rahm Emanuel is, ‘What did you do?’” said coalition leader Jitu Brown. “Not how you felt, not what your opinion was about it, not a letter you wrote, but what did you do on behalf of those students?”
I hesitate to give suggestions to Jitu Brown who is a genuine leader in the community.
But I suggest that he rename Dyett and call it an incubator.
I mean, that’s what schools are, right? Incubators for our young people to grow and learn and be innovators?
I got this idea from reading about Howard Tullman.
When millionaire Democrat Howard Tullman wanted public money for his incubator project at the Merchandise Mart, the Mayor and the Governor were eager to hand over a check.
On Monday, the state confirmed it will pledge $2.5 million from the Build Illinois bond fund to retrofit an additional 25,000 square feet on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart into workspace for digital entrepreneurs. 1871’s goal is to help build businesses to the point of self-sufficiency.
“This expansion shows that our investment in the next generation of Chicago businesses is paying off,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “The jobs of tomorrow will come from the types of small businesses growing at 1871 today, and this expansion will allow even more entrepreneurs and businesses to locate here, bringing new jobs with them and supporting the city’s economic growth.”
1871 is a co-working space for tech entrepreneurs who want to build new companies. Benefits include the opportunity to collaborate with other entrepreneurs and venture capital firms who also call 1871 home — currently about 250 companies. It’s name is a nod to the rebuilding that took place in the city in the year 1871 after the Great Chicago Fire.
One more thing, brother Jitu.
The 1871 incubator project belongs to millionaire Howard Tullman.
In addition to calling your plan for Dyett an incubator you should be like Tullman and donate some money – big money – to the campaigns of Rahm, Rauner or Pat Quinn. It doesn’t matter which. The Tullman brothers don’t let things like party affiliation bother them.
And his brother Greg Tullman is a big-time Rauner donor.
No need to thank me, brother Jitu.
Just trying to help.