Better than Andy Shaw w/Mayor Emanuel: Berkowitz w/ Chicago Ald. Waguespack, web and cable

Jeff  Berkowitz: You don’t want to see what happen?

Ald. Scott Waguespack: Only 20% to 40% of the kids reading at grade level in CPS.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, they are. It is indisputable. It has been going on for the last twenty years. Why do you think we should give CPS traditional schools another 20 years to try to get it right?

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Tonight’s suburban edition of Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz, the only weekly, 30 minute, serious, one on one political economy interview TV show in the Chicago Metro area, features 32nd   Chicago Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack debating and discussing how to fix the problems of violence, crime, public urination, public gambling, flash mobs, use of illegal drugs and murder in the City of Chicago.

Also discussed are cures for the Chicago Public Schools' dramatically sub-par academic performance.

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The show, airing tonight and tomorrow night in 34 North and Northwest Chicago Metro suburbs with 32nd Ward Chicago Ald. Waguespack, airs tonight at 8:30 pm

--   On Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and

--  On Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

The “Public Affairs” show with 32nd Ward Chicago Alderman Waguespack airs tomorrow night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten Chicago North Shore suburbs:  Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

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The Public Affairs show featuring Ald. Waguespack also airs throughout the City of Rockford and surrounding areas this Thursday evening at 8:30 pm on Rockford Cable Ch. 17.

You can also watch 24/7 the show with Ald. Waguespack on your computer.

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Post show discussion:

Ald. Scott Waguespack: … a large number of charter schools will get approved this year; how many will be approved  next year; there is a lot of competition out there.

Jeff Berkowitz: If your two kids were going to go to a school that had a 20% rate of teaching them how to read, do you think you would be saying, “Ok, let’s wait another 20 years… we only have 10% of the kids in CPS with a chance to opt out of failing traditional public schools to go to a charter school, so we’ll make sure 14% of the kids in CPS will have a chance to opt out of the traditional public schools and go to charter schools; my kids won’t get to go to a charter school with a better chance of learning how to read, but I understand, that’s ok.” Do you think you would say that?  I hope not, for your kids’ sake.

Ald. Scott Waguespack: When I got elected, I said I don’t want to see that happen.

Jeff Berkowitz: You don’t want to see what happen?

Ald. Scott Waguespack: Only 20% to 40% of the kids reading at grade level in CPS.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, they are. It is indisputable. It has been going on for the last twenty years. Why do you think we should give CPS traditional schools another 20 years to try to get it right?

Ald. Scott Waguespack: But, if I was able to work with my community and tell CPS I wanted new leadership, and I was able to turn around two schools [in my 32nd ward].

Jeff Berkowitz: But, two schools, that is like a pittance of the problem. And those two problem schools in your ward, they weren’t at 20%, they had 40 to 50% of the kids reading at grade level. You were dealing with a much smaller problem.

Ald. Scott Waguespack: But, they were still going to close those two schools.

Jeff Berkowitz: Right, you dealt with the problem but it was such a small problem. You had twenty schools that were doing it right and two that were doing it wrong.  On the south and west sides of Chicago, the proportions are reversed. They have twenty schools that are doing it wrong and two that are doing it right. It is much tougher. And, they have parents who don’t have the same background, income levels and time to spend with their kids as in your ward. ..don’t you think we need to do something now  [to help those 300,000 or so kids in CPS who we are failing], or do you really think we can afford twenty more years of a bad education for the majority of kids in CPS?         

 

 

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