Public school educators, parents and school communities remain locked out of district governance and oversight.
CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement after news broke that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had appointed a centrist economist to Chicago’s public school board of education:
“The mayor had an opportunity for once to show that he at least marginally valued the voice of educators and school communities in making his latest Board of Education appointment. Instead, he appointed a proponent of the kind of public-private ‘partnerships’ that are rich in returns for corporate investors, and poor on public oversight and accountability for the Black, Brown and working class families who are forced to bankroll the privatization of public services.
“Mr. Goolsbee comes into a board responsible for students and their schools being starved of resources for the last eight years by the man who appointed him. Those same neighborhoods continue to struggle from the consequences of a foreclosure crisis that the administration he served in Washington failed to address. We can—and we must—do better.
“This unilateral appointment by a lame duck mayor only sharpens the need to give Chicagoans what they have demanded for years: an elected, representative school board that provides the people of our city with the commitment to public education our children and their families deserve. We need an end to the neoliberal policies, runaway privatization and insider contracts that have undermined our schools. This appointment does nothing to put us on that path to transparency and accountability in public education, and it is an insult our students, their families and the working class people of color who are demanding real representation in the governance of our district.”