AM News: Whittier Parents Win (Who Cares?)

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Emanuel champions private funds for school reform Tribune:  Rahm
Emanuel wants to raise private money to fix public schools and continue
the aggressive expansion of O'Hare International Airport... ISBE looks for answers to difficult budget outlook Catalyst:  ISBE chairman Jesse Ruiz asked those testifying to offer their
opinions about two problem areas. what he and his board members should
do...
CPS agrees to build library inside Whittier Sun Times:  Chicago
Public Schools agreed Monday to lease a field house next to Whittier
Elementary School to a community group for $1 a year and build a library
inside the school...Students Get Lesson in Charter Disparity Fox: In Chicago, there are
15,000 kids on waiting lists for spots in 82 charter schools.

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  • I care. I like it when direct action gets results. It shows that determination and savviness are still useful for something.

    I think Emanuel is right that if he can get it, private money for schools would be beneficial, but, right now, donations to all kinds of worthwhile charites are down. It's a tough economy, after all.

    The reason I think private money is better, at the moment, than public money is that if the city raises public money, suddenly all kinds of people are going to be queued up with their hands out. The teachers, the principals, the contractors, the curriculum dealers... But, if the money is private, which does not have any promise of always being there, then there is less of a tempation to use it for ongoing purposes, instead it can be used for improvements and extras.

  • I care. I like it when direct action gets results. It shows that determination and savviness are still useful for something.

    I think Emanuel is right that if he can get it, private money for schools would be beneficial, but, right now, donations to all kinds of worthwhile charites are down. It's a tough economy, after all.

    The reason I think private money is better, at the moment, than public money is that if the city raises public money, suddenly all kinds of people are going to be queued up with their hands out. The teachers, the principals, the contractors, the curriculum dealers... But, if the money is private, which does not have any promise of always being there, then there is less of a tempation to use it for ongoing purposes, instead it can be used for improvements and extras.

  • Ron Huberman, the Whittier parents have already won! Cry uncle, and give in to their demands!

  • CPS Seeks to Formally Resolve Whittier Library Issue

    CEO Huberman and Alderman Solis reach out directly to parent group for Wednesday meeting

    Chicago Public Schools officials today reached out to parent leaders of the Whittier School community group to formally meet tomorrow to discuss a solution to the Whittier library issue.

    Following a meeting today of the Pilsen Education Task Force at Benito Juarez Community Academy High School, CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman personally reached out to parents to confirm a meeting tomorrow that had been previously scheduled.

    Huberman said he is prepared to propose building and staffing a library inside of Whittier School, 1900 W. 23rd St., and the possibility of leasing an outbuilding field house on school property to a non-profit group for use as a community center, providing the group makes sorely needed repairs to the field house.

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