How nice, amid all the finger-wagging and anger and mistrust, to read about a Chicago parent who's getting involved and apparently making a difference without going all conspiracy theory "they're out to get us!" in the process.
She's Jeanne Marie Olson, profiled in this DNAInfo profile by Casey Cora: Meet the Mom Who's Taking on Chicago Public Schools.
My favorite line is Olson's remark: “It’s not good or bad. I think [CPS is] just really a huge, unwieldy organization, and it’s really hard to know what’s going on at the local level,” she said.
Read it and see if you notice the difference. Is it because she's a parent, not a teacher, or because she's in North Park? I don't know. Maybe it doesn't matter.
Will it be more effective than banging on the gates and attacking everyone's character? I don't know. But it's certainly a little easier to listen to for me.