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Thursday, November 19, 2009

CPS Pres Michael Scott's Backroom Meeting at Edna's

Posted By on 11.19.09 at 05:46 PM

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One day in 2006, Chicago School Board president Michael Scott sat down for breakfast with CPS chief Arne Duncan, Congressman Danny Davis, and state senator Rickey Hendon in the back room of a soul food restaurant on the west side. They must have expected a quiet discussion in the otherwise empty space, but the party was crashed by some activists with a video camera in hand. The discussion involved school closings, and I wrote about it at the time.

Now Michael Scott is dead, and the video has surfaced in three parts on YouTube, under the heading "Selling Out the Community."

Hendon tells the crashers to "kiss my ass," but Scott has the last word. As I wrote back then, "'Some people say it's a sellout meeting,' McKinley says to Scott. 'People say a lot of things,' Scott replies as he drives off. 'They say you're ugly, and I agree with them.'"

Here are parts two:

And three:

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