Public scrutiny may have given the alderman a change of heart regarding charter schools. This was not the first time his education policy preferences caused a backlash. This time, Moreno may have actually gotten the message.
I am a first-generation American whose Mexican immigrant parents instilled a very different sense of citizenship than that espoused by the UNO and its network of charter schools. For me, civic responsibility includes speaking truth to power.
At a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Juan Rangel defended Chicago's billionaire elites. Why would he be kissing up to the wealthy that support the efforts to break the unions and privatize schools? His annual salary is around $266,000.
Like any good parent, our mayor probably went home Monday night and checked to make sure that each of his three kids spent at least part of the day learning something new about Dr. King and his life's work.