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Thousands rallied in protest of the planned closing of 54 Chicago public schools this week, with more than 120 ticketed by police after sitting down in the street. Protesters pointed out that the vast majority of the students affected by the closings are black and Latino and all are from poor neighborhoods.

The Chicago Teachers Union's Kenzo Shibata gives some background showing that this kind of mass school closing is what Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was brought in to do:

When Byrd-Bennett was appointed as Chief Education Officer of CPS in the spring of 2012, quickly and with little fanfare, her savior reputation preceded her. In Cleveland, where she was hired as schools CEO in 1998, Byrd-Bennett was called the “$300,000 wonder,” a reference to her salary. The narrative in Cleveland was that she expensive, but worth every penny. While media wrote glowing reports about her, Byrd-Bennett cut hundreds of teacher jobs and closed over 20 schools before leaving the district in 2006.

Flash forward to 2009, when Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Robert Bobb hired Byrd-Bennett as his “chief academic and accountability officer.” Over the next two years, Bobb and Byrd-Bennett closed 59 schools and cut 30 percent of the workforce. In the tradition of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s “Renaissance 2010” plan and Philadelphia’s “Imagine 2014,” in March 2011, DPS announced its “Renaissance Plan 2012,” which included adding 41 charters, making 29 percent of district run by private interests.

Byrd-Bennett  has proven herself so skilled at the art of “cleaning” districts that she has part time job with the Broad Academy training school superintendents in the ways of corporate education reform.

In Chicago, she's facing real opposition, though, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's poll numbers were already tanking before the school closings issue heated up.

Continue reading about wages, education and workplace safety below the fold.

A fair day's wage

  • You really don't want the people taking care of you when you're sick to be overworked and exhausted. So this map of which states have banned mandatory overtime for health care workers is an interesting one.
  • Yes, it's still stupid to compare the federal budget to a household budget.
  • Bruce Vail reports on some more workers who aren't getting justice because the NLRB is paralyzed:
    Similarly, some Connecticut nursing home workers are being deprived of their legal wages and benefits, says Deborah Chernoff, a spokesperson for the New England division of the healthcare workers union 1199SEIU. In a case notable for both its bitterness and complexity, strikers at five nursing homes operated by HealthBridge are back at work, but not at the compensation levels ordered by the NLRB last year. Instead, they are receiving lower wages and reduced benefits ordered by a bankruptcy judge, and the NLRB is powerless to enforce its order or challenge the bankruptcy court's decision, Chernoff says.

    Meanwhile, the decision has stopped some organizing campaigns in their tracks. Ann Twomey, president of the New Jersey-based Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, says that about 200 nurses fighting for a union at Memorial Hospital of Salem County are “on hold” because of the legal uncertainty at the NLRB. The employer—notoriously anti-union Community Health Systems (CHS)—is stalling talks toward a first contract, despite the union’s 2010 victory in a representation election, Twomey says. Normally in such a case, the union could call on the NLRB to order the employer to the negotiating table. But that’s not an option until the legal authority of the NLRB is re-asserted, says Twomey. “The nurses are functioning as a union and are doing their best,” she says, “But they don’t have a contract, and there isn’t a way forward” without the NLRB.

  • Hyatt Andaz housekeeper Cathy Youngblood is a rock star of activism.
  • Hot new(ish) thing in cab hailing Uber faces allegations of tip skimming.
  • Walmart is suing the UFCW and other protesters in Florida for illegal trespassing. Guess those protests are getting under Walmart's skin.


  • A cyber school teacher talks: "Cyber schools are much worse than you think."
  • Michelle Rhee's spokeswoman apologizes to the Los Angeles Times for "misleading" statement.
  • Waves of school closings are hitting major cities including Chicago and Philadelphia, even though prior experience shows that the cost savings touted by supporters of school closings are often dramatically exaggerated. Valerie Strauss has a suggestion:
    Given that school reformers are always talking about the importance of giving parents “school choice,” you’d think they’d listen to the people who want their neighborhood schools saved. One way is to actually start to address the real reasons that many kids don’t perform well in school: Their lives. Living in poverty has consequences. Living in an unstable family has consequences.

    Why not turn under-enrolled schools into community schools?

  • As Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett slashes public higher education budgets in his state, one of those universities asked him to be its commencement speaker. Kevin Mahoney at Raging Chicken Press is trying to find out how Corbett was decided on for that role, but university officials really don't want to talk about it.

Workplace safety

  • Note the temporary staffing agency bit here:
    By the time Carlos Centeno arrived at the Loyola University Hospital Burn Center, more than 98 minutes had elapsed since his head, torso, arms and legs had been scalded by a 185-degree solution of water and citric acid inside a factory on this city’s southwestern edge.

    The laborer, assigned to the plant that afternoon in November 2011 by a temporary staffing agency, was showered with the solution after it erupted from the open hatch of a 500-gallon chemical tank he was cleaning. Factory bosses, federal investigators would later contend, refused to call an ambulance as he awaited help, shirtless and screaming. He arrived at Loyola only after first being driven to a clinic by a co-worker.

    Centeno died three weeks later. And he wasn't the only temporary worker treated as disposable by the company he was working for: "Such workers are hurt more frequently than permanent employees and their injuries often go unrecorded, new research shows."
  • Workers—including teenagers—continue to die smothered by grain, 26 of them in 2010 alone. The managers of grain storage facilities know the dangers, yet routinely send workers into grain bins to "walk down grain," breaking up clumps and knocking them off the walls, without safety equipment. Nobody is going to jail, and while OSHA often proposes big fines, it almost always cuts those fines way down in the end, for deaths that look like this:
    “It created kind of a quicksand effect,” Piper said. “So we worked around it and we were aware of it, and after a while … Wyatt ended up getting caught up in it and started screaming for help. Me and Alex went in after him, and we each grabbed one side of him under his armpits and started dragging him out, and got pretty close to the edge of the quicksand and then we started sinking in with him.” [...]

    “And it was just me and Alex standing there up to our chests completely, just trapped in the corn,” Piper said. “And Wyatt was underneath. I was hopeful that he was still alive, but at this point I’m pretty sure that he suffocated pretty quickly. The pressure underneath the corn was just too great.” [...]

    The corn kept flowing around Piper and Pacas. “After a little bit [Pacas’s] hand was sticking up above the grain and I could just see his scalp, and his hand stopped moving,” Piper said. “And the corn was up to my chin at that point. And it was slowly trickling down … and I was about to be covered, too.”

    The boys who died were 14 and 19 years old. Their employer was fined $68,125 for having workers too young for such hazardous labor, but a $555,000 fine from OSHA for 25 safety violations was cut down to just $200,000.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Invisible People, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Private profiteering from tax money, at the (16+ / 0-)

    expense of the public good - directly impacting our children.

    All so that a small number of wealthy people can purchase even more cars, boats, homes and fine dining experiences.

    It's absolutely disgusting, even more so that Democrats have bought into this horrible undercutting of kids' - and their family's - lives in order to make a buck.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:16:40 AM PDT

    •  The real disgusting part is (3+ / 0-)
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      aliasalias, wader, chuckvw

      he not only didn't try to disguise it, it's as if by his actions he was actively letting these families know they don't matter. Even guys like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan laughably claim they are doing things for people's good. Rahm is just telling these people they have no voice, no hope, and no future — and kiss his ass.

      It's not just his policies, it's his character. This is real Eric Can'tor/Dick Cheney territory. Few rise to that level.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:56:47 AM PDT

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  •  On a repeat of Bill Maher's show last night (4+ / 0-)

    I heard Michelle Rhee explain why "failing" schools had been shut down in D.C. while she was chancellor of schools there.  Her explanation was that, as schools faltered, more and more parents took their children out of those schools and either moved to a better school district or enrolled their children in private schools.  Soon there were so few children in the "failing" schools that it made no sense economically to keep them open.  The interview wasn't long enough to hear her explain what happened to the children left behind with no school to attend when theirs were closed; presumably they were bused to other schools or given vouchers to attend private schools.

    Seems a lot of trouble to go to to close schools when the schools themselves had apparently been faltering long enough for a majority of parents to make other educational arrangements for their kids and measures to be taken earlier by the district to save the schools -  like figuring out how to improve them rather than just shut them down.

    I have no children in school any more, so maybe I'm just naive.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:26:04 AM PDT

    •  Not naive.... (9+ / 0-)

      ...Rhee, the Walton family, Murdochs education division headed by former NYC School Chancellor Joel Klein all about privatizing and profitizing public schools by making them for profit charters and selling and grading tests, and providing other "services." Lots of real estate advantages and profits to be made in the charter school business too. These folks want to get their hands on the billions spent on public education by destroying it and replacing it with low wage/ no rights teachers. All under the guise of reform. Often aided by Dems like Rahm and Democrats for Education Reform.

      There are good reformers out there,  and desperate parents in rural and urban school districts where poverty and inadequate funding combine to deny kids the opportunity they deserve. But please, DKers, beware these other folks.

    •  I'm from DC and it's a terribly complicated issue: (2+ / 0-)
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      Right now, there are protests against the closing of a school where only 16% of the kids are testing at proficiency, and the school is operating at 25% of capacity. Schools like that not only are failing at the basics, they also cannot provide a full-time music or art teacher, etc, because of the low enrollment.

      For students to be trapped in such a situation is an issue of human rights.

      Rhee was an awful manager, a bully, and a miserable human being in her time here in Washington, and her worshipping of test scores would have led to a cheating scandal as serious as Atlanta's, except it was successfully covered up and contained.

      When teachers and students live and die by testing, there will be cheating. Period.

      That said, Rhee shook things up, got rid of some truly awful and incompetent teachers and managers (brought in some, too), and we now have - in essence - three school systems in DC.

      There is the successful public school system west of Rock Creek Park - in the white neighborhoods. The schools are predominantly black, and parents from all over DC fight to get their kids in those schools.

      There is the charter school system, mostly east of the Park, where thousands of mostly Black kids attend, as an alternative to the DCPS. Some of these schools are quite good. Some not so good.

      And there is the public school system east of the Park, which, with some exceptions, is failing and far under capacity. Parents and students choose to go elsewhere.

      The conundrum here is providing a decent public school system east of the Park when parents there are willing to drive halfway across town to put their kids in the higher performing schools....or to put them in neighborhood charter schools.

      It's confusing. It's complicated. And many kids are being left behind. But many parents strongly favor the current system, because it gives them some element of choice.

      •  actually its not complicated at all (2+ / 0-)
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        build state of the art public schools; make them safe and secure, and hire highly paid, professionally trained teachers who can earn good benefits,job security, and access to state of the art ongoing professional develoment, and give them a high degree of autonomy. The schools will be better, the kids and parents happier, and test scores might go up, but I'd shit can the tests altogether in favor of authentic assessment. Each school would have plenty of professionally trained social workers too. In the words of Jonathan Kozol, let's THROW money at the schools. for real.

      •  State testing is poisoning my school (1+ / 0-)
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        I teach at a Title 1 public school and cheating is an issue here too.  It's not technically cheating, but I also consider teaching to the test a form of cheating.  The math teacher down the hall from me, one that is generally spoken of with a sneer by other math teachers, put together a packet that contains over 250 test questions that were released from previous years' state tests.  A month before our testing date, he stops math lessons and reviews each and every question with his class.

        I've observed his class several times over the years and his lessons are terrible.  It's "plug and chug" math.  Here are the steps for multiplying decimals, solve these 5 problems, start the homework, next lesson.  But he does get good test scores, so that's usually tolerated.

        One of the higher level math teachers told me that he fights to get my students: they retain more of what was taught and are better problem solvers.  Yet I'm under considerable pressure to teach like my colleague down the hall because his students get better scores.  It sickens me.  We talk about getting rid of the bad teachers, but people need to realize that the emphasis on test scores is forcing good teachers into an inescapable Catch-22.  Either we drop quality teaching for mindless drill, or we are punished.

        •  This is more common than not, and sometimes it is (1+ / 0-)
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          district mandate.  Review for test, test practice, review for test, test practice and then test prep, test strategies, how to test, when to test, etc etc etc

          Some schools spend months just preparing for one test...and the test itself doesn't even include all subjects the child needs, so naturally those subjects are put on the back burner, if not completely in the trash can.

  •  Love those Rahm Emmanuel Democrats. (12+ / 0-)

    Destroying this party from the inside out, handing its heart to the plutocracy.

    What's the point of letting neoliberals into the tent when neoliberalism is burning down the campground?

    by Words In Action on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:30:34 AM PDT

  •  Took About an Hour (3+ / 0-)

    . . . on the bus to get from work to my hotel on Wednesday afternoon because of the CTU protest.  The walk would have been quicker.  Sorry I did not know about the protest before heading out - the hour might have been better spent at the protest.

  •  Rahm is enough to make me totally (2+ / 0-)
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    hate the third way folks.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:45:50 AM PDT

    •  It's the arrogance that gets me. (6+ / 0-)

      I mean, it's bad enough to have a corporate agenda of privatizing schools and trashing the futures of kids whose parents don't have the means and connections to send them to U of C Lab School.

      It's another to be aware that your action is not only going to destroy the hopes of thousands of families but infuriate them as well and there will be massive blowback — and you are so autocratic and unfeeling you not only don't care enough to have public discussions to smooth things over — even if your mind is made up — but you are out of town when the news breaks.

      You might as well let the Trib take a photo of you giving these families the middle finger and run it six columns wide on the front page. Because his action was the equivalent of that.

      There may be good reasons to close some/all of these schools but the fact that he could not be bothered to interact with the people impacted is an act of arrogance so stunning I can barely process it.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:54:16 AM PDT

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      •  I hope those poor people in Chicago riot and wake (1+ / 0-)
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        up these creeps who think they can do this with  impunity.  We need a backlash big enough to start affecting those whose actions are heartless and cruel by making THEIR lives miserable!

    •  But there's so much/many more! (0+ / 0-)

      The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

      by chuckvw on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 02:56:13 PM PDT

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  •  Article is Misleading on Chicago Schools (1+ / 0-)
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    The article is correct in that minority students are those effected. The racial composition is as follows:

    African-American: 41.6%
    Latino: 44.1%
    White: 8.8%
    Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.4%
    Native American: 0.4%

    Any suggestions on how schools could be closed without largely effecting minorities?

    The reason the closures are in poor neighborhoods is because it is in those areas that Chicago's population losses have occurred, particularly with blacks moving into the south and southwest suburbs.

    The author of this article is treating her readers as if they were idiots.

  •  I just don't get it. (3+ / 0-)
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    Justus, SueDe, Linda Wood

    When Prop 13 passed in California our grade school parents called on our state representative to demand to know what we as parents could do to help our school, which had just cut its art, music and gifted programs to meet the trimmed budget from the 'no new taxes' law.

    The representative told us that there was NOTHING we were permitted to do; no donated funds for enrichment, for example. Every district was to be treated "equally." So-called.

    Well, when we asked why this was happening, the rep actually said, because there are fewer children now and older folks don't want to pay for their education. (A startling enough sentiment in itself.) When I challenged him on his statistics, because I happened to know that was not the case, he candidly replied: "You're right. There are just as many children or more than there ever was. They're just browner than before, and no one's going to want to pay for that."

    So we have the two phony terms  "no new taxes" (which Lee Atwater admitted was the cover for "no money for dark people") and "equality" (which was ridiculous since the districts already started out as unequal and so the poorer districts were still out of luck.)

    What I don't get is WHY the people (supposedly) want darker peoples to be uneducated? Do they think they'll be able to sneak slavery back in?

    •  There certainly are forces (1+ / 0-)
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      in this country, including companies that send their manufacturing to dictatorships in order to profit from oppressed labor, who would do just what you describe in your question:

      Do they think they'll be able to sneak slavery back in?
      Look at Mitt Romney's description of the plant he visited in China, his admiration for the women working there for a pittance, living 12 to a room and sharing a bathroom with 120, surrounded by barbed wire, supposedly so out-of-work people wouldn't sneak in to get these great jobs. He admires the government of China for providing these benefits to investors and manufacturers:

      And he's pointed to China as a model for the U.S. when it comes to job creation, saying that "They’re moving quickly, in part because the regulators see their job as encouraging private people."

      So, in answer to your question, sure. Very powerful forces in this country would reinstitute slavery if they could find a way to do it here.
  •  How much longer are we going to give Obama a pass (5+ / 0-)

    on this issue?  His thumb has been on the scale on the side of the "reformers" ever since he got in.  I've hated this about him even as I worked for his re-election, but I'm sick of it.

    And now look what's happening in Atlanta (shameless plug for my own diary).

    sTiVo's rule: Just because YOU "wouldn't put it past 'em" doesn't prove that THEY did it.

    by stivo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:57:59 AM PDT

  •  Not working (1+ / 0-)
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    The current system isn't working, but closing schools is not the answer.
    Kids need challenging curriculum that is applied equally across all ability levels. What we currently have is a system that divides kids by test scores and bases the instruction accordingly. It is class system by test score. And it just isn't working. Kids deserve to be challenged.
    They know they are being grouped by ability. This is particularly destructive in elementary school as a child's sense of self is developing.
    Only the gifted students are getting the instruction that ALL kids received 40+ years ago. (Plus many schools report that 30%, 33% or 40% of their kids are gifted...this is not possible. Gifted is the 98th or 99th percentile.)
    Madness. The whole system needs a complete and total overhaul. Fix it, don't close it.

    •  The current system is working (0+ / 0-)

      for those who don't live in poor neighborhoods. When we accept the 'crisis' frame used by corporate reformers to attack public schools, we can't challenge it effectively.

      (This doesn't mean there are no reforms worth doing to improve public education across the board- but none of the 'we're doing worse than before' or 'we're doing worse than other coutnries' stuff applies to the system as a whole).

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

      by David Kaib on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:13:23 AM PDT

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  •  Illin U endorses 9 pub ed hating limbaugh stations (0+ / 0-)

    (see link in sig)

    are there any protests there or at the stations?

    those stations and all the other RW talk stations in Illinois work for ALEC - they have been, like all other RW stations in the US, attacking public education, teachers, their unions, etc for two decades and all their unchallenged repetition is now bearing fruit for them.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 12:35:36 PM PDT

  •  She's Paul Vallas's (0+ / 0-)

    twin! Separated at birth, but still causing the same chaos ~

  •  Chicago Schools (1+ / 0-)
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    We liberals need to get our heads out of the sand on this one. The Chicago Public School System has space for about 500,000 students. There are about only 400,000 students currently enrolled. Many schools have less than one half their normal capacity. So, in the view of some, taxpayers should pay to keep these schools open?
    It is unfortunate that some children will have to go a greater distance to schools through gang neighborhoods. However, these are the communities that created the gangs, so it is up to the communities to do something about the gang bangers they are raising. The closings fall hardest on minority students because that is where the vacancies are. Minorities who could afford to get out of these neighborhoods have left.
    Let me see some of the critics propose a better plan than the School Board has offered. The taxpayers of Chicago cannot afford to keep these underutilized schools open.

    •  Alan, I see that you are in Chicago, (1+ / 0-)
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      but I also live in a metropolitan area that is highly segregated by war and peace, where real estate values radically reflect the level of safety from poor to rich.

      When you say,

      ... these are the communities that created the gangs,
      I have to disagree with you. From my perspective, these are the communities that do not receive equal protection under the law.

      Gangs that make life unlivable are not poor. They're paramilitary groups at war with each other as well as with law enforcement. They have been allowed to flourish in poor neighborhoods because they have sold drugs, to wealthy people as well as to poor people, and that marketplace is very profitable to powerful interests.

      This activity is not allowed in the neighborhoods of wealthy people because wealthy people won't allow it, they won't allow law enforcement to get away with that. When you suggest the people of poor communities can end the gangs, I wonder what exactly you think they can do. The only thing I can think of is to bring in the National Guard.

    •  build new, smaller state of the art schools. (1+ / 0-)
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      one of the key problems with Columbine, experts said, was its huge size. Bigger regional schools are the opposite of what is needed. Sell off the older schools and build new ones. We need them; it will put people back to work. There is no down side. Close the bases down in Germany and cut the Pentagon budget to pay for them. tax financial transactions to pay for them. a federal Marshall Plan for new schools. Lets do it every 50 years.

      •  They say that's what charters are. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 05:12:34 PM PDT

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        •  they are not. (1+ / 0-)
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          often charters are just repainted older schools with a younger, nonunionized staff. I'm talking about free public schools with no fucking lottery lists; everyone in the neighborhood can go there. A sense of community. And i would have them built everywhere there is a rotting, asbestos ridden local school where the roof leaks.

    •  They have two answers for the gang thing. (0+ / 0-)

      1. they're putting more money behind the Safe Passage initiative, which is supposed to protect kids crossing into strange neighborhoods.

      2. they're deliberately not closing any high schools precisely because of potential gang problems -- not too many grade schoolers have joined the Black Gangster Disciples yet.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 05:11:31 PM PDT

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    •  The number of slots has been (1+ / 0-)
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      manipulated by the CPS. You're treating it as a fact, when it's not. It's a PR stunt.

      But let's assume you're right - than what possible sense does it make to spend so much money building charter schools?  None, of course.

      As for your group guilt claim that ' these are the communities that created the gangs' - that is gross and false. Government policies - including things like this precise issue - help create the unsafe situation in this neighborhood, as does the fact that the police aren't focused on providing protection. And other people of color are not responsible for what some people do.  

      As for the better plan, do you know that CTU has proposed a plan? If you have a critique of it, let's hear it.

      Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. Notes on a Theory

      by David Kaib on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:18:34 AM PDT

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  •  with some of the people obama (0+ / 0-)

    has and had in his admin (rahm) you have to wonder what his personal agenda really is, we probably won't know until its too late to do anything about it if there is a counter action.

  •  2008 ENDED 30 yrs. of voting Democratic for me (2+ / 0-)
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    after the sell outs to the scum of wall street, the sell outs to Joe Liberman and Max and Kent and AHIP and Pharma,

    AND NOW what this f'king piece of shit rahm is doing -

    for decades I listened to this "we'll scare the middle and lose if we're radical" bullshit, HOPE-ing these lying yuppie scum were gonna finally kick the right wings ass -

    well, they were playing 11 dimensional chess alright - playing the sexist, bigoted, racist card to run the "lessor of two evil" game,

    while they sold us out.

    a plague on all their lying asses.


    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 12:58:04 PM PDT

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