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Re: “Hey, Karen Lewis: File those petitions for mayor!

I'm not sure about Ben's idea, but one thing is clear, lots of people suffer from the Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to Rahm Emanuel.

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Posted by Bob Simpson on 10/18/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Best One-Woman Think Tank

I have used her excellent research many times when I blogged about Chicago education. In addition to being a fine strategist and thinker, she is a warm and compassionate human being.

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Posted by Bob Simpson on 06/30/2014 at 4:17 PM

Re: “The impact of charter school expansion

Successful at what?

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Posted by Bob Simpson on 03/13/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “A party for Mayor 1%

I was at the book signing party and your cynicism was actually kind of refreshing compared to the gushing optimism I get from some of my lefty friends. And I have a bunch of lefty friends, being of the socialist persuasion myself.

But be forewarned, we do have plans to turn you into a starry-eyed optimist about Chicago's beleaguered voters when you see the final results of the 2015 Mayoral election.

Heck, if we're successful, you might even learn to enjoy the sunny side of life :)

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Posted by Bob Simpson on 11/22/2013 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Today's lesson: charters do not outperform unionized schools

Ben Joravsky excellent article in the Chicago Reader shows how charters are no miracle cure. None of Chicago's charter schools score very high even using the most recent ISAT scores.

There are a minority of charter schools that do interesting things in poverty areas, but most are should really be called corporate schools. The majority of them just want to pay teachers less and put in a scripted "teach to the test" curriculum so that they have a constant turnover of a more easily controlled nonunion workforce. They treat both teachers and students as a source of profit. Nothing more. It's just outsourcing for greed, not much different than what is happening in a lot of employment sectors.

In Chicago we're seeing more charter school teachers opt for joining the AFT, which is a positive trend. Being unionized will help them push back against the corporate "charter" operators who want to dumb down education in the poverty areas they operate in. Right now they are not allowed to join the CTU, but that could change in the future with enough grassroots resistance.

This trend of charter school teachers fighting back will make it less attractive to the schlockmeisters who just see education as another place to feed at the public the military contractors who line up at the Pentagon to sell weapons that don't work for threats that don't exist.

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Posted by Bob Simpson on 10/03/2012 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Moreno fights to keep Chick-fil-A out of his "hipster ward"

A Chicago ward is part of the marketplace. Moreno was elected by his constituents to represent them not only in "politics" but in the marketplace as well. Marketplace decisions within wards are made by aldermen all the time. As an alderman he has a certain amount of power in the marketplace and he has chosen to use it for something besides pure greed, at least for now anyway. Bully for him. If more CEO's of large corporations did that (who have a lot more power than Moreno) , the world would be a better place.

Posted by Bob Simpson on 07/27/2012 at 9:47 AM

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