Y is this important? 52,000 special education students in Chicago, most poor, most students of color… when these kids have rights violated and don’t get the education they deserve… they are hurt, their families are hurt, society is hurt. https://t.co/E5xlbboTyb
Gitlin thinks what we call “’68” was a list of calamities and the victory of counter-revolution. I remember it as an awakening, revolt, violent repression and more revolt. https://t.co/b22rjTpJBe via @nybooks
I lost my son, Xavier, to senseless gun violence six months ago. Today is his birthday. There’s no better way to celebrate his life than to speak out alongside these courageous students saying no to racist school closings in Chicago. We need an Illinois where equity is paramount. pic.twitter.com/4MQSusFCLI
Chicago teachers use their furlough day to sit-in at City Hall demanding funding. June 22, 2016.
While I’m really outraged by incompetent supervisors, I do know a whole lot of reasonable and thoughtful ones too. So let’s say you have one and the first 60% was fine. You looked at the checkboxes and they said you Don’t Suck. However, that’s not the end of your rating. You have to wait until September, when the junk science portion kicks in. That, of course, is pretty much anybody’s guess. Maybe you’ll get lucky, and move from Doesn’t Suck to Really Doesn’t Suck, and thus be observed next year only three times instead of four. That’s pretty life-changing, isn’t it? Arthur Goldstein
Cook County in 2015 recorded the largest black population of any county in the U.S., a title it has held for several years, but its lead grows shakier as more African-Americans are opting to move to outlying suburbs or warm-weather states, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.
Between 2014 and 2015, more than 9,000 black residents left Cook County, and since 2010, the Chicago area, which for the census includes parts of Indiana and Wisconsin, has lost more than 35,000 black residents. The exodus is greater than in any other metropolitan area in the country. Chicago Tribune
The Stonewall Riots began June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, a Gay bar on Christopher Street in NYC. Police raids were frequent, but that night things did not go as planned. Those witnessing the police brutality soon erupted into rebellion. The fighting lasted for several hours.
Some of the Oldest and Whitest people on the planet leapt at a chance to vote against the monsters in their heads. They may have tanked their economy in the process. It was quite amusing to follow along on the electric Twitter machine as members of The Political Revolution on this side of the pond rejoiced at the result as some kind of ensemble rejection of the globalized financial system that indeed nearly did blow up the world. Without the accelerant of pure racism–the existence of which among the British comes as no surprise to those of who descend from involuntary members of their old Empire–this thing never gets off the ground. Charlie Pierce
Third grade. Bella Vista Elementary School. Monterey Park, California. 1958. I’m third row, fourth from the left.
Karen Lewis is on the Smiley and West Show this week. Chicago’s public radio station dropped the show a while ago leaving little programing that specifically addresses listeners in a third of the City and of importance to all of the City. But Smiley and West are carried locally by WPCT, Progressive Radio, 820 AM.
While white students who are identified on the autism spectrum increase, minority students go unidentified and underserved.
Praising the “heroic” teachers who saved lives in Moore, Oklahoma, The Tribune called on teachers in Chicago to abandon their protest against the massive school closings and become “heroes” by obediently implementing the policies of the Chicago Public School Board and its leader, the mayor. Excuse me! Chicago Public School teachers are already heroes. They don’t need the condescension of The Tribune. And they don’t need to be unjustly demeaned as less worthy than teachers in Moore. Today they need our gratitude for speaking the truth about the nature and impact of these school closings.
Unlike the teachers in Moore, Chicago teachers’ schools are not gone because of some capricious act of nature. They are gone because of decades of very deliberate decisions by public officials, corporate interests and ordinary citizens that have eviscerated the neighborhoods of Chicago, displacing people with the demolition of public housing, gutting communities with foreclosures and the elimination of jobs. The schools are gone because they have been replaced by charter schools, the darlings of politically well-connected school reformers making a profit on tax money while public officials eliminate the inconvenience of teachers unions. The schools are gone because poor African Americans and Hispanics in Chicago are disenfranchised by school governance that is appointed by the mayor with limited accountability to the communities. The schools are gone because public funding in this country remains tied to real estate taxes that benefit wealthy suburbs at the expense of the urban core. The schools are gone because years of school reforms imposed from the latest outside savior have left front line teachers abused and demoralized. And the schools are gone because white flight that began decades ago has left the cities brown and black and poor. – Rev. John Thomas, former General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, professor and administrator, Chicago Theological Seminary.
The Three-Day March for Education Justice will take members of the Chicago Teachers Union and others opposed to the planned closures across nearly 38 miles on the city’s South and West Sides.
“We can’t sit still,” said Michelle Gunderson, a teacher at Nettelhorst Elementary School in Lakeview and a vocal opponent of the closures. “It helps people visualize where these schools are. It helps give people a vision of what these schools mean to their communities.”
A rally in Garfield Park is expected to take place early Saturday evening with a rally and demonstration slated for late Monday afternoon at Daley Plaza.
The marches start one day after sources indicated that some of the dozens of schools on the chopping block could get a last minute reprieve.
The news is encouraging to opponents of closures, but some say it still isn’t enough.
“We would be happy for any schools to be off the list,” said Francine Greenberg-Reizen, a teacher at Arnold Mireles Academy in South Shore. “But no school should be on a list to begin with.” DNAinfo