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Gangs are Latest Excuse for Not Closing Failing, Half-Empty Chicago Schools

dahni Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:42 AM
Out problem is that Duncan and Emanual think they ARE doing the right thing; at least what they need to do to increase their power and their exalted state. And it seems to be working for them...

Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines.

So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it.

Wow. Gangs of street punks are now influencing public policy and million dollar decisions. It looks like they really have won.

Of course the Chicago Teachers Union, which stands to lose money if schools close, agrees with the recommendation.

The CTU has been arguing against...