Tim Meegan is a teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School who explained The Shock Doctrine to school board members and parents alike. As a father and teacher he is living the reality of watching a school board intentionally starve his public schools in order to justify privatization for the profits of multinational corporations and worldwide investors.
Tim’s article in the Chicago Sun-Times is brief, thorough and eloquent.
“It is abundantly clear that CPS’ budget crisis, underutilization crisis and now the pension crisis are manufactured to force a situation so acutely painful that the solutions of venture philanthropists will seem the only logical options. They are quietly proceeding with mass privatization against the wishes of Chicagoans and CPS parents.”
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his pro-privatization friends want to blow up the public education system in this city by implementing CRPE’s vision. All they lacked was the crisis to justify radical change. Solution? Make one.”
“The formula for privatizing districts is the same all over the country: Open charters operated by private organizations. Simultaneously defund neighborhood schools, declare them “failing,” and then close them. Fire certified professional teachers and replace them with temporary, unskilled TFA recruits.”
“Parents and students have been calling for a boycott of school this fall. Only parents can stop this madness.”
Please read the complete article. “CPS Starving Its Schools to Justify Privatization.”
Whether your school district uses the euphemism “public-private partnership” or some other masking words, parents have the power to end the monetizing and abuse of their own children. Opt-out of high stakes testing at United Opt-Out, refuse testing, boycott schools, speak-up at board meetings, or do whatever it takes – one child at a time, one school at a time, one school district at a time.