Comments on: Closing schools without a plan Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: phillip cantor (@phillipcantor) Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:21:26 +0000 There is a plan. It’s just not a plan to benefit students, families or taxpayers. The plan will benefit the agenda of our mayor, his appointed school board, and his other political supporters. It’s a plan to outsource public education to charter operators such as Rahm’s campaign co-chair and UNO CEO Juan Rangel.

Will CPS be able to sell dozens of vacant school buildings in this market? Will real estate developers (and campaign contributors) buy up the buildings at super cheap prices? Will it be one big parking meter deal… but instead of irate drivers we’ll have more segregated and more stratified schools.

Is the plan to reduce the power of the only large organization that can stand up to Rahm? Using fudged data to justify closing schools will reduce the membership of the CTU and force more kids into non-union charters even though most don’t do better than neighborhood schools.

Rahm has a plan, but is it the plan we want?