The more ideas put forward, the more difficult practical action becomes. The more we "innovate," the more resistant and hardened the problems of removing ignorance become.
Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.
Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.
There are teachers in classrooms across Illinois who are little more than glorified babysitters but are certified to teach bilingual students.
Teaching kids is simply not the same as getting the trains to run on time or creating a database to improve crime-fighting.
Chicagoans, especially those growing numbers who ride the CTA to work and to school every day, recognize how rotten this decision is.
Should Chicago schools superintendent Arne Duncan go to Washington if he's asked to head the U.S. Department of Education, or should he stay in town?
Until recently youth have been ignored in trauma treatment, program and outreach strategy development. This, we are discovering, is a mistake.
The data is shocking: If the students who enrolled in kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools in 1994 had, instead, enrolled in top-spending Lake Forest-Libertyville schools, they would have reaped the benefit of an extra $36 billion-worth of education by the time they graduated.
While media eyes have been focused on Meeks' school boycott, another plan from the legislator/mega-church pastor has gotten little publicity: His proposal to allow kids to enroll in any school in the state, without paying tuition.
Anyone who cares about kids in this town getting a shot at a decent education surely looked at the Chicago Public School children who marched into Winnetka and felt the rumbling pride of civil rights crusades past.
I hope the folks standing in opposition understand that the people demanding more money for education aren't just looking for a stage upon which they can grandstand --what they're looking for is a high-quality education, the best that money can buy.
Don't tell me that we can't find a way to provide the children of Sen. Meeks' community with the resources and accountability and culture of academic achievement that we already provide the children of Winnetka.
When you stop to look at the array of organizations trying to address the crushing problem of poor children being left behind in U.S. schools there are groups out there just getting stuff done, like Chicago's Black Star Project.
I've got a suggestion for pastor and state Sen. James Meeks: No need to go all the way to New Trier to see disparities in school spending--a trip across town to Walter Payton will do just as well.
Disrupting the start of the school year is a small price to pay for something that could transform education in Illinois, which has the second-most inequitable funding system in the nation.