He makes an effort here in a Sun-Times commentary, claiming that the latest wave of closings was done thoughtfully, with great care and concern and only after listening to voices in the community. The only problem, Scott claims, was in communicating that care and thoughtfulness to the masses. He writes:
Board of Education members poured over reams of material, but it ultimately comes down to this: How can we allow children to spend another year in a school that is failing them? How can we deny these children, who are already behind academically, access to better schools and teachers who are specifically trained to accelerate their learning?What it was that board members were pouring over those reams, Scott the ace communicator, never tells us. And how does he know that all this pouring went on, since he only recently returned to the board?
If President Scott would only do a little of his own poring, he would learn that many more than 6 of the schools proposed for closing, were indeed doing quite well. He would also learn that the hundreds of parents and kids protesting amd camping outside of his board offices, weren't demanding that "access to better schools" that he was unwilling to "deny them", even the ones staffed with all those "specifically trained" teachers. Uh uh.
They were asking only for the saving and improvement of their existing schools.