Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ask a teacher. We know the truth about education. We live it.


I am a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools, and I can tell you that Rahm Emanuel  is just like the republicans. Teachers here call him Rahmney.
He wanted to convert 50% of Chicago Public Schools to charter schools. This is only the beginning of privatizing the public schools. Charter schools are profit centers for Rahm Emanuel and Penny Pritzker and family.
The extreme poor and minority community cannot get into the charter schools. If you are a discipline problem, some charter schools will CHARGE you a fine that you cannot possibly pay, which pushes you right back to the ever shrinking public schools. Some charter schools hire NON-CERTIFIED non-union teachers, who are cheaper. They can do this because they don’t have to follow any state laws, they are private!
What they want (Rahm and his chronies) is to shrink the number of public schools until there are only a few left for the poor and minority students. This is segregation, and it is also giving up on these kids.
Poverty is the problem with public education, not just because the impoverished don’t get books, paper or proper supplies, but research shows clearly that there is a direct correlation between poverty and low test scores. These kids with low test scores often have dysfunctional families, broken homes, parents who are homeless, incarcerated , chemical dependent, or alcoholic parents, just to name a few. Many of these kids are children of children.  Those pregnant girls in our classes 15 years ago are now sending their children to our public schools. Often raised by grandmother’s, aunts, uncles, or wards of the state, they barely had a chance.
Public schools are there for these kids and for all kids.  We cannot forget them or round them up into a few public schools and let them drown in their own society.

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