CHICAGO - Underneath the Chicago Teachers' Union outrage against proposed school closings is a note of optimism: parents are leaving inner city failing schools empty. There are 100,000 empty seats in a Chicago school system set up for 400,000 students.
How did the Chicago Public School system lose 100,000 students, forcing school closures to be considered? They "flew" through school choice to charter schools, private schools, home schools while the rest escaped to other cities, as well as Chicago's suburbs. Those especially ingenuitive parents saving their kids left behind a travesty in the form of crumbling buildings housing discouraged and down-trodden families. Those left - especially in Chicago's south and western neighborhoods - are now being ruled by gangland terrorists and drug dealers.
Despite community pressure to keep failing and deteriorating schools manned with union teachers and staffers, Chicago Public Schools' exhorbitant, burdensome costs on an exhausted taxpayer base are forcing demand for substantial budget cuts. Chicago teachers are opposed to any personnel cuts, and they're desperately looking for reasons to keep schools open.
EAG News points out the latest CTU tactic to keep schools open: it's too dangerous for students to go to new locations where they may be forced to cross gang territorial boundaries.
Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines.
So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it.
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Still, think of those 100,000 students that have escaped Chicago school system's virtual prison and their persistent parents that pushed and pulled to get them out.
Good for them. Good for Illinois.