Like many a politician, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner appears to suffer from the dreaded foot-in-mouth disease. Just today he filled his pie hole during a tour of Chicago Tech incubator 1871, when likened our public school system to a prison.
“The simple fact is that when you look objectively at the state of Chicago Public Schools, many of them are inadequate. Many of them are woeful, and some are just tragic. Many of them are basically almost crumbling prisons. They’re not a place a young person should be educated,” Rauner said.
Unfortunately for Bruce, instead of undermining CPS families' confidence in our schools, his comments galvanized support for America's third largest public school system.
Social media hit back. Hard.
— Carolyn (@CarolynStorandt) June 7, 2016
— Teachers for Justice (@TeachForJustice) June 6, 2016
— Bridget Daresh (@BDaresh) June 7, 2016
— Huck1eberry (@huck1eberry) June 7, 2016
Had a nice visit from a former student headed to Europe for an internship with the state department. Prison to Ivy League. #notaprison
— James Gray (@PrincipalGray) June 6, 2016
— Meghan (@missMeghanC) June 6, 2016
According to a May 2016 Chicago Tribune op-ed penned by Chicago City Council Education Committee Chairman Ald.Howard Brookins Jr.(21st), on average we're slated to receive only $.69 for every $1.00 sent to other districts for the 2016-2017 academic year.
As we enter year two without a state budget, it's time to hold our elected officials accountable. CPS is filled with committed educators and students who are thriving. My son is a CPS student and I have bore witness to an incredible level of dedication exhibited by the administrators and teachers at his neighborhood school. We don't need our public school system dismantled - we need it FUNDED.
The legislature plans to meet every Wednesday through June 2016; if you live in IL, PLEASE call your state representatives and Governor Rauner (217-782-0244) every day until they pass a budget. Every call counts.
Keep up with CPS happenings via ChicagoNow blog, Chicago Public Fools and non-profit public education advocate Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education's tumblr page, CPSuccess, newsletter and Facebook page.
Like this? Read my guest post on Chicago Public Fools, Chicago Public Schools are broke, not broken.
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