CHICAGO - The media story about GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner making a call, and possible donation, to get his daughter into Walter Payton College Prep School seems to have legs in legacy media.
Tuesday, Chicago Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki again wrote about the situation; explaining why the school's demands that applicants have top test scores, perfect grades and perfect attendance ties to Rauner's phone call and his $250,000 donation, and why it matters. Korecki wrote:
In 2008, the year Rauner called about his daughter getting into Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, there were more than 9,200 others who also applied. Of those, more than 7,000 students took the test that year and just 353 were admitted in all, according to data obtained by the Sun-Times.
So there are at the very least thousands of parents out there who know the hoops they have to jump through even to be a contender for a premier public education in the city. Even for those outside the city, the scandal raises the prospect of someone who earned $53 million in 2012 — enough to live in one of the wealthiest school districts in the nation — snatching a city kid’s shot of attending a good school.
For its part, Rauner’s campaign has said the candidate, a charter school proponent, has donated millions of dollars to public schools and that the Payton donation had no tie to his daughter’s admission. On Monday, Rauner’s campaign added that the principal appeal came after the candidate’s daughter had achieved top grades and a high test score but missed 10 days of middle school because of illness.
The rest of Korecki's story is HERE. It remains to be seen whether the story matters to Republican voters, 18 percent of which say they're supporting Bruce Rauner in the March 18th four way primary.