On the day that Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review and the first African-American President of the United States, and a former eight year IL state senator (and 4 year U.S. Senator) who prided himself on passing what he viewed as 25 significant pieces of legislation in the IL General Assembly and historic healthcare legislation in the U. S. Congress, began his second term of the U. S. Presidency, you might ask: has Barack Obama even noticed that only 20% of the black kids in fourth grade in his adopted home town of Chicago, which is home to 404,000 mostly minority students in the Chicago Public School system, read at grade level.
Since that 20% number is fairly similar for most of the inner cities in this country, you might ask has President Obama lifted one finger to attempt to improve the quality of education for the 80%, or so, of the black kids in the public schools who don’t read at grade level? Or, did he, with his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, attempt to make things worse by closing down a wildly successful opportunity scholarship-school choice program in Washington, DC.
Has Max McGee, a former IL State Superintendent of the Illinois public schools, and now President of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, sought to challenge President Obama to empower minority parents by giving them scholar vouchers-school choice? Or, has he followed President Obama by rejecting such empowerment, with both saying they favor charter schools but not school vouchers- individual school choice.
Can Max McGee defend his position opposing school vouchers-school choice? Does he do so persuasively when he frets about kids who would like to leave public schools for parochial schools in an attempt to learn to read getting too much religion? Is McGee on sound constitutional footing with that argument? Is McGee on sound public policy footing when he argues individual parents should not have school choice because they would be spend public monies on private schools?
Are McGee, President Obama, Gov. Quinn, Attorney General Madigan and most Democratic politicians standing in the school room door and blocking black kids from leaving failing schools so that public school teachers can earn higher salaries? Do those politicians have blood on their hands when black kids drop out of their failing public schools and become gangbangers?
To see a spirited discussion of these and other important public policy issues by IMSA President Max McGee with show host Jeff Berkowitz, watch Public Affairs, airing tonight throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.
The show with President McGee also airs this week on Aurora Community Television (ACTV-10) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 pm.
The show with President McGee also airs this Thursday night throughout the City of Rockford and surrounding suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17
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