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Rahm and Andrew backed off today. Or maybe they didn’t.

Rahm decided that Dyett High School re-open as an open-enrollment school. Cuomo said the Common Core and the testing were badly bungled by the State Education Department (John King), and he needs a commission to review the mess that he (Cuomo) made.

Bear in mind that Cuomo has no constitutional authority for education. He does not appoint the state Board of Regents (the legislature does) or the state commissioner (the Regents do).

Did Rahm really back down? Did Cuomo?

Ask the experts.

Here is Mike Klonsky in Chicago.

Here is Peter Greene, calling hoax.

This is the end of the 11th day of the hunger strike to save Dyett High School in Chicago.

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#WeareDyett too! Call the Mayor, 312-744-3300

Flood Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office with calls, 312-744-3300, urging him to support the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School. Breaking news from the Chicago Sun-Times:

CPS, Emanuel hint new school may not be needed at Dyett site –


We at Parents 4 Teachers express our strongest solidarity with and deepest concern for the health and well-being of Chicago’s Dyett 12, who initiated a hunger strike nearly two weeks ago to urge city and CPS leaders to re-open Dyett High School (which the Board of Education voted to phase out in February 2012) as an open-enrollment, public, neighborhood high school. For years, Mayor Emanuel and his appointed Board of Education has undermined and stalled decision-making on this community-driven proposal to re-open the Bronzeville high school—the last public, neighborhood high school in this historic African American neighborhood—as the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School (see proposal here).
As an action of last-resort to the years of stalling and underhandedness of Mayor Emanuel and his appointed/unelected Board of Education, these courageous parents, grandparents and community members are putting their bodies on the line so their children and children across Chicago can have high quality, equitable and joyous public schools.

Because of the media blackout on the #FightForDyett hunger strike, P4T, like so many others, has taken to social media to get the word out. We are regularly posting on Twitter (follow us at @P4TChicago) and P4T FB. And most importantly, we have been going to Dyett at 555 E. 51st (they are generally there from 10-3) to support the hunger strikers in any way we can. Please join us!

Here are other ways that you can help now:

1) Call the Mayor’s office at 312-744-3300 and urge him to meet with the Hunger Strikers ASAP and express your support for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology proposal. Also, call your Alderman to put pressure on the Mayor.

2) Attend the #FightForDyett Solidarity and Cultural Event Friday, August 28, 5:00-7:00pm at Operation Push, 50th & Drexel; bring your music, poetry and love to uplift the Hunger Strikers.

3) See the Teachers for Social Justice website and Dyett GLGT FB page for action alerts and updates.

For more information about this important struggle for our children and public education, please see the following:

Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing | Eve L. Ewing, August 26, 2015

Fight for Dyett High School Hunger Strike—Day 8 | CNNiReport, August 25, 2015

In Chicago, Hunger Strikers Fight for a High School | Washington Post, August 26, 2015

Dyett Hunger-Strikers Vow to Continue Fight | Chicago Sun-Times, August 26, 2015

Two School Board Members Press for Resolution of Dyett High Controversy | Catalyst, August 26, 2015

Teachers, Parents, Rail Against CPS Budget, Dyett Hunger Striker Collapses | DNAInfo, August 26, 2015

Dyett Hunger Strikers Gain Support; Striker Collapses at CPS Board Meeting | Chicago Tribune, August 26, 2015

Chicago Parents Launch Hunger Strike for Community Input in School’s Future | Reel News, August 23, 2015


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In day 11 of the Dyett High School hunger strike, health professionals warned that the situation was dangerous and urged the mayor to accept the strikers’ petition.

“”This is truly an emergency,” said Dr. Linda Rae Murray, chief medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health, as she delivered a letter Thursday signed by 17 local doctors and nurses to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on the fifth floor of City Hall.

“We consider the current situation to be a deepening health emergency in our city,” the letter states. “It is one you can abate by reaching out to the strikers, entertaining their grievances and accepting their proposal.”

“We’re here as medical professionals to inform the public to call on the mayor to take action immediately,” Murray added….”

“This has become a really serious issue,” Raether said. “We believe the mayor needs to respond to a health emergency.”

Yet Emanuel hinted Thursday the entire Dyett reopening may be in doubt.

“While saying that his newly appointed Board of Education President Frank Clark and CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool are “going to work through a number of issues as it relates to the Dyett High School, its future and its part of the community,” he immediately pointed out there are 10 high schools within a three-mile radius of Dyett.

“Within about a mile of the school is King College Prep,” Emanuel added during an impromptu news conference Thursday morning. “So there’s a lot of high schools in that area. How do you talk about another one when even some of the high schools within the three-mile radius are not at capacity yet?”

Rahm Emanuel picked an experienced technocrat to lead the Chicago Public Schools, after misfortunes with out-of-town educators J.C. Brizard and Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Catalyst, the Chicago education publication, says that Emanuel is reverting to “the Daley way” by choosing a non-educator, in this case one who is known for cost cutting.

“Today, Emanuel opted for his own chief of staff and the former president of the Chicago Transit Authority, Forrest Claypool — who has no experience in education and says his first priority will be “making the system as efficient as it can possibly be.”

Troy LaRaviere, principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago, challenges Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s claim that he could not avoid layoffs and could not fund educators’ pensions.

Not true, writes LaRaviere.

“However — as I understand it — we do not want to stop at just
being functional. We want to be effective. We want to be excellent.

“For that to happen, we need early at-home interventions for preschool-age children from low-income households, smaller student-to-teacher ratios, thoughtful training for teachers, a competitive compensation and benefits package to attract skilled professionals. We need a rich arts curriculum, exceptional educators whose efforts are focused on the children who come to us less prepared than their peers, a rigorous curriculum tailored to local student needs and the thoughtful use of technology in schools.

“The 2013 budget cuts meant that many of our students lost some of those things — the resources that move a school from being functional to being excellent. The 2015 budget cuts will mean that my students — and students across Chicago — will lose even more.

“Politicians frame this as pension payment vs. classroom investment — as if those were the only two expenses our tax dollars are used for and one of them has to be sacrificed. This is patently false. City Hall has had many opportunities for sacrifice in other areas, but it has refused to make those sacrifices.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a chance to sacrifice the diversion of $55 million in taxes to a hotel near McCormick Place. He could have invested some of that tax increment financing money in the pension system instead.”

LaRaviere lists other savings that were there for the Mayor, but he never asked business to sacrifice. Only the children.

He writes:

“Emanuel says one thing, but his behavior says another. He has put investor profits over investing in our teachers and their classrooms.

“He wants us to get used to that. I will never get used to that.

“And neither should you.”

By the way, the tag line on Principal LaRaviere’s email is: “You can’t put students first if you put teachers last.”

Mike Klonsky speculates on who might replace Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who resigned in the midst of a federal investigation of a $20 million np-bid contract to SUPES, a principal training program that BBB once worked for.

Will it be the return of Paul Vallas? A businessman?

MIke says it doesn’t matter.

“Meanwhile, the media debate is all about whether Rahm should appoint another career educator like BBB or J.C Brizard, or another non-educator business guy? I don’t think it makes a damn bit of difference so long as either one, along with the hand-picked school board, are mere puppy dogs. It’s mayoral control of the schools that’s the real issue here. The fact that Rahm is shopping for Chicago’s 6th CEO in 6 years following Huberman, Mazany, Brizard, Byrd-Bennett, and Ruiz, makes my point. Instability is the name of the game and when things go south, like a major scandal or a teachers strike, they are all easily replaceable.

“We need an elected school board and an end to autocratic rule over the schools.”

News from Chicago about what happens when the Feds start digging and turn over rocks.

Michael Klonsky tells the story here

The cast of characters: Rahm EMANUEL, Paul Vallas, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and more.

Business as usual in Chicago? Crony capitalism? A city with a big deficit, so big it closed 50 schools. .



CONTACT: Stephanie Gadlin
May 26, 2015 312-329-6250

CTU to lead picket before Chicago Board of Education meeting calling for halt to charter school expansion

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has organized a picket line before the Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 27, to highlight the hypocrisy of the district’s insistence on expanding charter operations throughout the city while claiming a $1 billion budget deficit. The financial “crisis” for Chicago Public Schools is the result of the district’s own fiscal irresponsibility—hundreds of millions of dollars mired in scandal, swap deals and failed, privatized outsourcing. By allowing the unchecked growth of charter schools, including some into closed neighborhood school buildings, CPS continues its plan to weaken communities by creating a culture of chaos that the district will use to justify cutting school budgets, closing schools and laying off thousands of CPS educators and education support staff.

Four Points of CPS Charter Hypocrisy

· Lying to the Illinois General Assembly that there would be no charter schools placed into any school building that was part of the mass school closings in 2013. CPS is “selling” the Peabody Elementary School building—closed in 2013—and putting Rowe Charter into that building.

· Expanding charter operations—a Noble Street charter school moving into the Uptown neighborhood; Rowe moving into the Peabody building; a Perspectives charter school moving to 85th & Lafayette—as the district claims a massive budget deficit

· Ignoring community opposition to place a Noble Street charter school into a community that has voiced outrage over the proposal. “They told my mom what she wanted to hear to get me and my brother to go there, but she realized after a few years of struggle, that the school doesn’t live up to its promise,” said a former Noble Street student who is now attending a neighborhood high school in Uptown. Another student added: “Noble schools don’t work with kids to do better—they just kick them out to their neighborhood schools.”

· Rewarding an ally of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Howard Brookins with the lucrative placement of a Perspectives charter school into the Rev. Charles Jenkins’ Legacy Project development, with no disclosure of how the project is being financed.


CTU teachers, community partners and allies


Picket line before the Chicago Board of Education meeting


Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 6:30 a.m.


Chicago Board of Education
42 W. Madison St.

Rahm Emanuel was re-elected to a second term. Preliminary estimates show a 56-44 win. He had a huge financial advantage over his opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

This is a defeat for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and a big win for the Status Quo corporatist wing.

“The mayor raised about $20 million through last week, easily outpacing Garcia, who brought in about $4 million. The hefty cash advantage enabled the mayor to run a steady stream of ads that raised questions about his challenger’s résumé and his plan for remedying the city’s problems.”

The Network for Public Education took a look at who is financing the candidates for Mayor in Chicago.

Not surprising. Chuy Garcia is sustained by small donations. The big money is betting on Rahm.


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