Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago schools facing triple trauma from Trump, Rauner, Rahm

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago schools facing triple trauma from Trump, Rauner, Rahm:

Chicago schools facing triple trauma from Trump, Rauner, Rahm


The real question now is whether or not CPS can withstand the latest three-pronged assault it faces from Operation TRAUMPMA That's the acronym I put together for Trump, Rauner and Rahm who are each playing their role in the trauma and erosion of public education and ultimately all public space and decision-making in this city.

Pres. Trump and the Republicans, representing the center prong of the trident, have made the cities their target. Trumponomics, the shift of billions of federal dollars into military spending and away from education, social services and infrastructure repair projects will have a devastating effect on city schools and neighborhoods.

His appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary represents nothing less than a declaration of war against urban education. Like her Democratic predecessor at the DOE, DeVos seems bent on using the very federal authority and resources she decries to push school re-segregation, privatization and aggressive implementation of so-called "choice" policies of vouchers and privately-run charters.

Gov. Rauner continues to hold the state budget hostage as a way of forcing austerity, unconstitutional pension "reform" (theft) and an end to collective bargaining for teachers and Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago schools facing triple trauma from Trump, Rauner, Rahm:

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