I'm grateful for the hard work of public school teachers, especially those who work with challenging populations and situations, such as in many Chicago schools. I'm praying this can be resolved fairly -- and soon.
I'm very grateful to the teachers who cherished my boy, but I want to drop the ladder back down and help every child, support every teacher, encourage every parent and remind the mayor that children are living through hell just trying to go to school.
I am not saying Catholic schools are THE answer to the outbreaks of violence seen in our most challenged communities. However, we know that they, along with others, are important community based organizations that when gone leave a tremendous void.
We need a priority check. Both mayors should understand, Chicago will never be world-class if the gangs keep shooting; Chicago priorities and values should be safety first, education second, parks third.
Even though it isn't a panacea, we should move to an elected school board. Therefore, if the referendum gets on the ballot in your ward, vote for it. If it doesn't, push your state legislators to change the law in Springfield.