|Charter school operators took over DuSable High School in 2005|
But they should have thought of that before they became cheerleaders for the closing of neighborhood schools for the same reason and before taking their public funds and resources moving into the facilities that they once occupied. It reminds me Martin Niemöller's old adage, "First they came for the..."
The latest round of proposed closings will lead to even further destabilization in the lives of children and their families, including more violence and possible killings.
|Ralph Ellison charter|
Chicago International, the district's biggest charter operator, has a contract with CPS, but the school is actually run by Civitas Schools, a for-profit management company. CI and Civitas have been the most ruthless when it comes to keeping their teachers from unionizing. They have even gone so far as to claim that their charters are not public schools, since Civitas signs the teachers pay checks, and therefore aren't subject to ILRB rules governing union elections.
Last week, Baltimore's school board revoked the charter of Civitas Middle/High School.