A poignant editorial in Investors' Business Daily this week provided a response to Chicago Teacher's Union president Karen Lewis' prepared comments before the City Club of Chicago in which she blames "rich white people" for Chicago school system's crisis:
... As we have noted, the unions run Chicago schools and seek to preserve the status quo of a virtual education monopoly. Lewis has fought the use of any objective analysis of teacher performance despite the fact that just 15% are proficient in reading and that four of 10 CPS students do not graduate from high school.
Lewis is also no fan of charter schools, despite the fact Chicago's charters regularly outperform their public school cousins. In 2012, nine of the top 10 performers were charter schools based on the ACT scores of their students.
Of course when you mention things like charter schools, liberals like Lewis say they get to cherry-pick their students. Yet some 60% of Chicago charter-school students are minorities and 35% are Hispanic.
Ninety-one percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Doesn't sound like cherry-picking to us.
School choice and vouchers would seem to be the answer to Lewis' lament that "rich white people" call the shots while sending their kids out of the system to well-endowed, private schools, like President Obama did.
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