Remember the battle over the Marine Academy? Look what's happened since.
|Community activists like Delia Borillas, worked hard to rally neighbors against plans to turn Ames into a military academy.|
It was later discovered that the Marine Academy was part of the scheme that would profit her personally and later lead to the fraud convictions of BBB and her Synesi/SUPES partner in crime, Gary Solomon.
Ames Middle School, was originally built to house Small Learning Communities focused on personalization and experiential learning. After first threatening to move a Marine Academy into the "underutilized" Ames building, Rahm and BBB, with help from then Ald. Roberto Maldonado, shifted gears and came up with a plan to militarize the entire school elevating military programs at the expense of music, sports, and art and sparking protests from the the mostly-Latino community and parents. In a neighborhood referendum, community members voted overwhelming (97%-3%) against the militarization of Ames.
Lauren Fitzpatrick wrote in the Sun-Times:
In April 2013, grant applications were submitted for Carver Military Academy, Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Remember the battle over the Marine Academy? Look what's happened since.: