The “ARA” is CPS’ latest attempt to close schools while claiming to ‘make them better’. The report was developed by Kids First Chicago, a new name for the Renaissance School Fund, a charter fundraising group that pushes education privatization.
A review of the hundreds of expenditures every year authorized by the unelected Board of Education shows hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to vendors. These vendors are seldom required to prove that they are worth the money paid to them.
Chicago’s Social Impact Bond contract ties the non- identification of special education needs directly to the profit-stream of major banks.
Since mayoral control of Chicago’s public schools began in 1995, Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have unleashed a tsunami of charter schools and school closings upon the city with devastating results.
They were gathered in the name of Dyett, the high school that the leaders of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced in 2012 would be shuttered at the end of 2015. This group of parents, community members, and students sat in the 95-degree heat to demand a meeting with the alderman, Will Burns. They wanted…