On many educational issues, Chicagoans aren't buying what the business-minded school reformers are selling. The future of public education, and by extension the future of the city, continues to be fiercely contested territory.
This city has consistently failed communities. Instead of trying to improve, fully fund, and help communities and their schools, Rahm and Barbara Byrd-Bennet believe to really "help" a community it is best to close their schools.
Making sure everyone pays their fair share is extremely important, but we need to make sure that the money generated is used for programs and services that invest in human needs, redress inequalities and expand opportunities for everyone.
Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.