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On January 28, 2012 an auditorium at Truman College in Chicago, Illinois packed with parents, students, and concerned residents chant "no more charters" at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) bureaucrats and consultants. The meeting was intended to be a discussion on school closings in Chicago and CPS claimed it wanted input from the community. The community rose up and said no to all school closings. Video after the jump.

From DNA Info- Chicago:

But district officials had a tough time even making a prepared presentation as crowds shouted and chanted. As one official tried to outline the district's vision, someone shouted, "Do you believe him?" "No!" the crowd answered.
Craig Benes, who oversees schools in the North Side's Ravenswood-Ridge region, was even heckled at one point when he said he wanted "to just step away from the agenda for a moment and speak from my heart. ... I understand that teachers and parents are concerned" — but he asked for the audience's ear.

He did not get it. The crowd started chanting, "Save our schools! Save our schools!"
The meeting got so heated that the principal at Brenneman Elementary School, 4251 N. Clarendon Ave., decided to leave along with the dozens of children who had come with her.

After the first part of the meeting, Uptown activist Ryan Polker, 22, whose dad and grandparents were teachers, grabbed a microphone at the front of the gym and screamed, "The voice of teachers, students, neighborhoods, are not being heard. ... The community feedback is simple, just one sentence: zero school closings."
Some, including teachers from Stockton Elementary School, 4420 N. Beacon St., refused to attend the breakout sessions designed to gain input from the community later in the meeting. The meetings were run by independent facilitators who don't work for the district, which was criticized by some at the meeting.

Education activist Tim Furman was furious the district planned to bar members of the media from the sessions.

"Reporters ask questions to find the truth," he said.

Originally posted to Tristero 312 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:54 AM PST.

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  •  it's not only gopers who haunt our ed future, this (11+ / 0-)

    story has Rahm written all over it. There's gold in them that charters, and lots of people finding ways to funnel it out of public schools and into private pockets. Stay vigilant.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:08:12 AM PST

    •  Charter School Scandals (4+ / 0-)

      A very long list here

      Charter School Scandals & Stimulus $$

      Here's one way the $$ is being sucked out of public coffers.

      Charter schools pay off for CEO’s family

      A Dayton Daily News investigation found that a company managing several taxpayer-funded charter schools in the area is a lucrative family business whose husband-and-wife management team makes more than $400,000 a year.

      The nonprofit, EdVantages, manages seven charter schools in Ohio, including schools in Trotwood, Middletown and Springfield. By law, these are public schools, but CEO Myrrha Pammer-Satow’s compensation is far higher than the pay of any local public schools superintendent with many more students.

      Charter Schools are a GOP Grifters dream come true!!

      And I sense Rubin and Wall Street are sniffing around to see how they might be IPO'd
      Her salary is in addition to the income from another for-profit management company, Performance Academies LLC, that oversees other schools in Ohio and Michigan.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:32:05 AM PST

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  •  The issue of the 21st Century is whether (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    irate, War on Error, raincrow

    government BY the people will persevere. Self-determination.
    It is, apparently, a difficult concept for people with little awareness of self to comprehend.

    However, we need to keep in mind that people who depend on being told what to do will bend to the will of the people who tell them. If we, the people, cede authority to the elite, whether out of generosity or courtesy, then the elite will make an attempt, but they will do badly.
    It's not that the elite have bad intentions. It's that a small minority trying to direct complex systems are bound to fail. It doesn't make any difference how much data is collected and stored, processing in a timely fashion is critical. Not to mention that individuals lacking in self-awareness tend to be lacking in processing capabilities, as well. The elites just aren't suited for making decisions for the whole.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:09:19 AM PST

    •  I think too many are simply GOP Grifters (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      who ride on a sea of ppl hoping to benefit from the $$Crumbs.

      Maybe I am too old and cynical.  Charter Schools are and always have been WRONG.  Public $$ is meant for public schools.  Make them better.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:34:07 AM PST

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      •  Well, all dollars are public. (0+ / 0-)

        Certified IOUs issued by the Treasury, much as town clerks issue marriage certificates. The main difference between monetary and marriage certificates is that the latter are not supposed to be passed around, whenever the commitment they certify happens to lapse. :)

        Monetary and marital obligations are much the same. They can come into existence without a certificate and whether or not they are honored depends on the participants and the people who vouch for them. Zimbabwe's certificates are no good because the issuers have proved dishonorable.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:48:39 AM PST

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      •  Public funding for private colleges should end (2+ / 0-)
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        War on Error, radical simplicity

        Just as public money for K-12 education gets lost when this money is diverted to private k-12 eduction, the same is true for private colleges and universities.

        The case for public funding of private colleges is even weaker than for k-12, as k-12 eduction is mandatory but college is optional.  Whenever a student goes to private k-12 school, government saves that otherwise mandatory cost, that is not the case at the college level.

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:12:30 AM PST

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  •  Odd that the people who advocate... (6+ / 0-)

    ..."parent trigger" laws and "parent power" for privatizing public schools aren't standing alongside these parents demanding that their voices be heard and their schools not be closed or privatized.

    One might be led to believe from the "parent trigger" advocates' silence that they have a different agenda from simply ensuring that parents' voices are listened to.

    Perish the thought.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:11:08 AM PST

    •  Right on, JamesGG (2+ / 0-)
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      Grabber by the Heel, raincrow

      Parent trigger advocates are typically bused in by charter schools and are organized in a top-down manner. What happened Monday was organized from the bottom-up by school communities. Parent trigger types weren't directed to join.

      "Your conspiracy theories won't work without evidence." -Nasir Jones

      by Tristero 312 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:25:33 AM PST

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      •  Why would CPS hold any public meetings (1+ / 0-)
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        seeking community participation if no conversations can be held because the audience is shouting down the speakers?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:45:18 AM PST

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