With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Colbert plays softball with Duncan

But they don't play that way in Chicago

Colbert softballs Duncan, who spouts every ed cliché known to man (Kids, don't watch video, sponsored by booze company).

But Daley's team is hiding from cameras back in Chicago after his Copenhagen butt kicking. Mayor & Huberman have suddenly been made aware of youth violence by Ald. Carrie Austin. HELLO!

She tells him what we and everyone else have been saying for years. His (and Duncan's) school-closing, Renaissance 2010, turnaround policies have only worsened conditions in and around schools and are partially responsible for the situation leading to death of Darrion Albert at Fenger High. Fenger teachers are new to the school following Duncan-style turnaround where entire staff was replaced. Connections between kids & adults shattered. School closings are shipping kids to schools unprepared to receive them and across gang boundaries.

Daley and about 15 to 20 others met Monday morning at Chicago Board of Education headquarters. City Hall kept it quiet because the mayor didn't want cameras, sources said. Last week, [Ald. Carrie] Austin -- who was swarmed by angry constituents after the slaying -- lashed out at police and the schools. She said she has been pleading with the Chicago Public Schools for more than two years to change attendance boundaries around Fenger to reduce tensions between rival neighborhoods. … Huberman acknowledged last week that Austin "has brought to our attention that some of the boundaries may be problematic." (Catalyst)

1 comment:

  1. Out of curiosity, what is the significance of the "green room" picture?


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