The following interview was posted by Michael Shaughnessy Education Views Senior Columnist on May 18, 2013 in Commentaries, Daily, Editor’s Pick, Insights on Education, Teachers
Michael F. Shaughnessy - Paul, what the hell is going on in Chicago?
Fifty-four schools are targeted for shut down and 90% are in African American communities within the city. As you may know, the public teachers in Chicago struck last year and made our mayor look bad. Most teachers think that this is payback now. Our County Commissioner, a former history teacher, just called the hearings to close the schools a charade. Our mayor has taken heavy campaign contributions from some people who are heavily invested in charter schools, and they are starting to worry about the return on their investments.