Rahm is not Invincible

5 Jun
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This is totally ripped off from the Chicago Public Fools Blog. Follow the link and check it out.

Last night on Twitter, the hashtag #Onetermmayor began trending on Monday night.  For those not on Twitter, that means that it was one of the 8 or so most discussed topics in Chicago.  People unhappy with Rahm began to make comments about his tenure as mayor.   Now, normally things like this don’t signify a lot, but it’s been a few weeks since the school closing announcement and Chicago’s mayoral election is basically a Democratic primary.  I think there is a real chance for somebody who wants it to beat Emanuel.  I’m actually more worried about the gubernatorial race. 

One story I’m not commenting on much tonight is the “pension crisis”.   It’s over-hyped by the very people who hope to be able to control the 401Ks that they dream will replace our pensions.   $600 million is a lot of money, but CPS won’t have to come up with all of that, especially if they’re willing to negotiate.   I know CTU would be willing to make concessions, but they won’t make cuts that don’t solve the revenue problem and simply invite more cuts in 3 or 4 years when the pension is even more underfunded.  Cuts alone won’t solve this crisis we didn’t create.

Backlash for Emanuel Time Cover

Hart isn’t the only one with a negative reaction to the Time story. The Twitter hashtag #onetermmayor began trending for a few moments Monday. Here is a storify of some of the more notable tweets.

Parents Unite at Lafayette Elementary, Pledge to Continue Fight Against Closing

“CPS gave us this mess and a rushed enrollment process and we will not stand for it,” said Rousemary Vega, 32, an organizer of Monday’s meeting and parent of three students enrolled at Lafayette Elementary. “We’ve been fighting individually, but it has to stop. We need to get moms together and get moms involved to save our schools.”

Suspending Disbelief on Behalf of CPS

“It was put forth in English by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a ‘human interest and a semblance of truth’ into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative.”

Hmm. I’m not sure Barbara Byrd-Bennett means that precisely. Maybe we citizens of Chicago should do that, maybe we shouldn’t.”

Kafka on Clark Street

:”At least 20 minutes of what took place during the actual meeting of the Board of Education have been censored and removed from the official TV version of reality released to the public by CPS on May 25, 2013. Virtually all of the dramatic police state tactics used against dissenting parents, teachers and community leaders have been eliminated from the visuals, often with droll impact: the choppy editing leaves even the inattentive viewer saying “Say WHATTTT?” The video quickly ends from one speaker in mid-sentence only to begin with another. Even some prominent people have been left on the Board’s cutting room floor, in whole or in part.”

Chicago Public Schools New Pension Problem

“CPS could have avoided writing that check by getting Illinois lawmakers to give them a longer timetable that would gradually increase pension payments over the next several years. This fiscal year, Chicago Public Schools is paying about $200 million toward its pensions. If Springfield takes no action, that number would jump to $600 million next year for pensions. The school system’s budget is a little more than $5 billion.”

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