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Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2013

Chicago to close 50 schools, Rahm Emanuel, ‘neoliberal educational culture’

The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to close 50 schools, a controversial move that drew sharp criticism from the city’s teachers union.

The vote comes two months after officials announced plans to close the schools noting financial shortfalls.

Chicago teachers won battles with strikes late last year, but now see 50 schools being closed. twitter.com/JeanPaulHolmes

Chicago teachers won battles with strikes late last year, but now see 50 schools being closed. twitter.com/JeanPaulHolmes

The closures “will consolidate underutilized schools and programs to provide students with the quality, 21st century education they need to succeed in the classroom,” Chicago Public Schools said in a statement Wednesday.

The Chicago Teachers Union opposed the closures, which it said would disproportionately affect African-American students.

“Today is a day of mourning for the children of Chicago. Their education has been hijacked by an unrepresentative, unelected corporate school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision for improving the education of our children,” said Karen Lewis, the union’s president. “Closing schools is not an education plan. It is a scorched earth policy.”

In a written statement, Lewis said district officials had manufactured “the underutilization crisis,” and that shuttering the schools will not save a significant amount of money.

In March, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city was going to close 61 school buildings, affecting some 30,000 students, the vast majority of them between kindergarten and 8th grade. The move is necessary, the city argues, in order to deal with a massive budget crunch; the district is supposed to face a $1 billion deficit next year.

The Nationn writes in an article titled “Rahm Emanuel’s zombie pigs vs Chicago’s Angry Birds” that “The school closures are taking place entirely in communities of color while the city’s elite feed with crazed abandon at an increasingly sapped trough.”

Read more: Truthout attacks:

“One does not have to look too far to see what happens in America’s neoliberal educational culture to see how ruthlessly the inequality of wealth, income and power bears down on those young people and brave teachers who are struggling every day to save the schools, unions and modes of pedagogy that offer hope at a time when schools have become just another commodity, students are reduced to clients or disposable populations, and teachers and their unions are demonized.”

More on the teacher union battle with Chicago leadership – click here

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis SAYS [IN REFERENCE TO THE DECISION’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON NEGRO STUDENTS], “Their education has been hijacked by [a] … school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision … ”

    I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE CHICAGO SCHOOL-SYSTEM. I UTILIZED President Lewis’ QUOTE IN ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT HOW DISPENSABLE NEGROES ARE – EVEN, IN A COLORED PRESIDENT’S ADMINISTRATION. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, OF COURSE, HAS A BACKGROUND IN FEDERAL GOVERMENT, AND HE HAS DEALINGS WITH THE KENYAN. IT IS QUITE SAD THAT AMERICAN NEGROES ARE “BURSTING WITH PRIDE” BECAUSE PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE (NOW) PROMINENT IN GOVERNMENT – BUT, THESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM ARE TREATING THEM LIKE, dirt.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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