Rahm takes the low road once more. This time on so-called "parent involvement".
He cuts a deal with Walgreen Co. CEO Greg Wasson to offer CPS parents gift cards loaded with 25,000 ”customer loyalty” points (worth $25) for attending report card pick up yesterday.
Rahm claims he got the gift card idea during one of his morning workouts:
'That’s what happens when I start swimming. I start coming up with ideas.'On previous swims, the mayor came up with the bonuses for his fave principals for their already-high test scores; bribes to schools that "voluntarily" acquiesced to his longer school day scheme; two failed teacher "merit pay" experiments; his rent-a-protester scheme; and so it goes. On Rahm's march to corporate-style "reform", everyone has their price and the price is cheap.
“This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,” Emanuel told a news conference.PURE's Julie Woestehoff sent Rahm this fax message in response:
Mayor, you say that this would “incentivize responsible parenting.” Let me ask you – do you need such an “incentive” to participate in and support your own children’s education? Surely not. Then what makes you think CPS parents need it?