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Gangs are Latest Excuse for Not Closing Failing, Half-Empty Chicago Schools
Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 01/14/2013 5:15:34 AM PST by Kaslin

Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines.

So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it.

Wow. Gangs of street punks are now influencing public policy and million dollar decisions. It looks like they really have won.

Of course the Chicago Teachers Union, which stands to lose money if schools close, agrees with the recommendation.

The CTU has been arguing against school closures for some time, as the union is looking to stave off an increase in the number of non-union charter schools, which serve about 50,000 students. A moratorium on school closures would naturally mean that more union teachers will be needed and their dues money will keep flowing to the CTU.

Chicago Public Schools are facing a $1 billion budget deficit and now that the district has locked in an expensive three-year collective bargaining agreement with the CTU, reducing labor costs is not really an option. But consolidating schools and streamlining operations is.

But now taxpayers might have to continue to pay to operate half-empty schools because city leaders don’t seem to be willing to deal with gangs. The Chicago Tribune reported there are 100,000 empty seats in schools in a district that has 400,000 students.

“CPS built new schools to relieve overcrowding in some communities but failed to close enough of the older, emptier ones, often caving to community pressure,” the newspaper reported.

Those half-empty schools are among the city’s worst performers academically.

The latest excuse shows the CTU will stop at nothing to protect the miserable status quo, regardless of the consequences for Chicago’s children.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: budgetandgovernment; educationandschools; taxpayers; teachersunions

1 posted on 01/14/2013 5:15:45 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like something you would expect in Mexico.


2 posted on 01/14/2013 5:23:34 AM PST by umgud
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To: umgud

That’s quite a diss on Mexico. I think you should apologize and I’m not even Mexican, lol, :)


3 posted on 01/14/2013 5:26:05 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Kaslin

Fools led by dumb fools.


4 posted on 01/14/2013 5:27:29 AM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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5 posted on 01/14/2013 5:29:54 AM PST by narses
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6 posted on 01/14/2013 5:30:35 AM PST by narses
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To: Kaslin
Maybe opening more schools then should prevent all the violence in the city. S/
7 posted on 01/14/2013 5:31:22 AM PST by bikerman (What ever happens from now is all OBAMA's fault. Obama lied,economy died)
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8 posted on 01/14/2013 5:31:30 AM PST by narses
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To: Kaslin

So, they admit the gangs rule Chicago...


9 posted on 01/14/2013 5:31:52 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Kaslin

Oh. When I saw the headline I thought it was going to be the old, “If we don’t keep them in school they’ll join gangs and run the streets,” argument that I’ve heard for years.


10 posted on 01/14/2013 5:34:39 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: Kaslin

There may be pressure from the less violent public school parents not to close the most violent and then move those gang-bangers into the not-as-bad schools.


11 posted on 01/14/2013 5:41:02 AM PST by tbw2
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To: snoringbear
Actually there were a couple of stories over the past week or so that makes it look like the Mexicans are beginning to take back their country. If so, maybe there is hope for us.
12 posted on 01/14/2013 5:48:19 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Kaslin

Kowtowing to thugs always turns out well.


13 posted on 01/14/2013 5:54:02 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
I like the Roman solution to gangs:

Round up one thousand gang members. Hang one hundred of them. Repeat as necessary.

14 posted on 01/14/2013 6:14:03 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Kaslin

Teacher’s Unions and street gangs. Not much difference.


15 posted on 01/14/2013 6:16:27 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think the left really wants to eliminate gangs. After all gangs exist because of leftist policies that have destroyed the family and encouraged ghetto inhabitants to impregnate and run, leaving the taxpayers to pay the tab.
The left celebrates the single minority mother (the baby mommy) who breeds with multiple “baby daddies”.


16 posted on 01/14/2013 6:23:52 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: Tupelo

Well, I agree about the articles that Mexicans may be beginning to take back their country. And, it does indeed appear that change is afoot in the trans Mexico/border states region. Some may like the change and some may not. Here’s a book I read not too long ago that I found very thought provoking. Its “The Next 100 Years”, author George Friedman. Recommend it for sure.


17 posted on 01/14/2013 7:27:13 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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I would love to see James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” (they did the Acorn exposes) send a few young staffers undercover as students into Chicago High schools..a few hours of tape would be fascinating..


18 posted on 01/14/2013 7:38:19 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Kaslin

No problem, just sell the failing schools to a non-union charter schools company. Students can continue to attend school near where they live, and not have to cross gang boundaries.


19 posted on 01/14/2013 8:43:35 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Kaslin

The Barbarian Hordes now rule in Chicago.


20 posted on 01/14/2013 10:35:00 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: reg45

“Round up one thousand gang members. Hang one hundred of them”
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In other words DECIMATE them!


21 posted on 01/14/2013 7:37:01 PM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: umgud

Yeah, that was my thoughts too....’lil Mexico’ (Chicago). Pretty bad state of affairs to fall down to this position in life.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 2:35:34 AM PST by pepsionice
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