Suppose you were mayor of Chicago and had complete control of the public schools.

Suppose one of your high schools had an outstanding record by any measure.

Suppose it had an excellent IB program.

Would it occur to you to make the entire school an IB school?

Would it occur to you to get rid of some of the veteran teachers, just to shake things up?

Probably not.

But it did occur to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and today there was a mass student walkout to protest the mayor’s autocratic effort to break what was working.

Thanks to Ben Joravsky for a great article, and to Fred Klonsky for blogging Ben’s article, and to Chaya R for bringing it to my attention.

Ben J. proves that great journalism is alive and well.