Recently, CPS CEO Claypool invoked the racist policies of the south to draw attention to inequitable state funding in Illinois. However, he refuses to acknowledge the ways Jim Crow policies have shaped school opportunity in Chicago, both in the past,…
Community groups, members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, religious leaders, and union members made a joint statement on Thursday, decrying the predation of financial institutions on Puerto Rico’s public services and residents, and calling on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank to step in and offer Puerto Rico assistance similar to which was given to big financial institutions over the last decade.
Just days after schools found out about another outrageous round of cuts to their special education staff, the district’s Office of Diverse Leaners and Support Services (ODLSS) offered a defensive presentation to the Board of Education filled with even more distortions. District Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson prefaced their presentation, stating that misrepresentations were circulating about special education, that the district would explain how the layoffs were decided, and repeated their assertion that the district was committed to meeting all legally required services in students’ IEPs.
City officials have failed to hold the banks accountable. We must push for public accountability over the profits Bank of America has made off of our local governments and public school system. A public movement can budge even the most recalcitrant institutions.