Reform As Real Estate


I'm not sure I agree with the view of Chicago Public Education Examiner Edward Hayes, who thinks that school reform under Daley has been designed to reduce the number of black families living in Chicago, and that it succeeded in that effort. The focus seemed much more squarely on attracting white and middle class families than on fixing (or destabilizing) neighborhood schools.  And only 100,000 fewer black families over nearly 10 years isn't that much.  But it's a common view, and Hayes's post is angry and strong.  Check it out even if you don't think you're going to agree.  Let me know what you think.

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  • And only 100,000 fewer black families over nearly 10 years isn't that much.

    when it is forced relocation? yeh you are right its not that bad. just like a free train ride to work in the camps or building a wall in the middle of a town to "protect the settlers."

  • Population transfer is the movement of a large group of people from one region to another by state policy or international authority, most frequently on the basis of ethnicity or religion. Banishment or exile is a similar process, but is forcibly applied to individuals and groups.

    Often the affected population is transferred by force to a distant region, perhaps not suited to their way of life, causing them substantial harm. In addition, the loss of all immovable property and, when forced, the loss of substantial amounts of movable property, is implied.

    There is now little debate about the general legal status of involuntary population transfers: Where population transfers used to be accepted as a means to settle ethnic conflict, today, forced population transfers are considered violations of international law.

    Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Spring 2001, p116.

    Venkatesh, et al.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Who was involuntarily transferred in Chicago? When the city is your landlord, you are in a tenuous position. The city simply decided to get out of a large part of the landlord business. They had not done it well anyway. I don't know how many stories I've heard about broken elevators, unsafe buildings, vermin etc. Clearly the city does not make a good landlord.

    I live in Berwyn. Some of the people in Berwyn are probably Section 8 holders. I honestly think they have a better life here than they would in the projects. They have access to better schools (though not great ones), they have access to a more mixed population both ethnically and in matters of social class. They have ready access to mass transit and decent police protection.

    Harvey may be a different case, but one of the real nice things about Section 8 is that the holder gets to choose where she wants to live. Harvey must have an attraction to the people who have moved there.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    It is a shame so many dedicated and experienced teachers will lose their jobs at a particular school due to cuts however beginning teachers at a school nearby might not lose their job. Cuts should not take place school by school, maybe it should be approached by area. The reason for saying this is the more experienced teachers will cost much more to hire therefore will have difficulty finding a position compared to newer teachers. Many agree years alone should not determine if someone keeps their job, principals need to be accurate in their ratings. There are many teachers who should retire long before they do, or find a new profession. Schools need a mix of experienced teachers and new we all learn from eachother.

  • Probationary teachers who are being non-renewed based on their performance evaluations must be notified 30 calendar days before the end of the school--somewhere around May 19th.

    Layoffs made for budgetary reasons can be made at ANY TIME BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT SCHOOL YEAR--and that is what Ron Huberman is threatening to do to 2,700 teachers. Remember that the 20th Day Rule means positions can be cut as late as the 20th day of school next year.

    The timetable released by Huberman 2 weeks ago simply says letters will be mailed by Human Capital in "June." No specific date. Since teachers in regular track schools are supposed to receive their *tentative* programs by June 1st, teachers who don't receive a program should expect a letter.

    Since cuts are based on seniority, you may want to check to see if the Board has your correct start date. You may do so by accessing the CPS@work website, following the link to "My Personal Information" and then "Personal Information" and then "Home and Mailing address."

  • It's June 17. The school budgets have to be approved by LSC, then area, then the board. Then HR has to go through the school's staff list and determine who goes first depending on years and endorsements, etc. No, they are not following any rules especially contract ones.

  • "I said to him very emphatically and very definitely that an order be issued by him immediately to shoot to kill any arsonist or anyone with a Molotov cocktail in his hand, because they're potential murderers, and to shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting."

    Later that month, Daley asserted "There wasn't any shoot-to-kill order. That was a fabrication."

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    But an arsonist or a molotof cocktail holder is a potential murderer. And police have the right to protect innocent citizens from murderers. I guess I don't really see the problem with this rule other than the fact that you have to trust the police to only shoot people who are about to set a fire. The police of the time were not always trustworthy and many had an agenda not compatible with creating an integrated city.

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