Feb 20, 2017
Chicago Public Schools claims to be facing a massive budget crisis. They’ve cut the budget for every school, imposed four furlough days, cut money for sports buses and for teacher training, and now they’re threatening to cut a week off the school year.
Forest Claypool, the CEO of CPS who has made all these cuts, wants to blame the Republican governor. He came to Lindblom High School to announce he was going to sue the state.
But some of the students at Lindblom saw right through Claypool’s political show. One student shouted at him, “How are we supposed to feel like you’re on our side, when there are all these things you could do, but you’re not pursuing them. Your actions clearly contradict what you’re trying to convey.” As these students pointed out, Chicago is a rich city and money could be raised to fund the schools right here, from the rich people and corporations.
Claypool claimed that his hands are tied, that the political system is set up in a way that he can’t do anything about it. His lackey said that taxing big corporations in Chicago is not as steady of a source of income and would not be reliable. They tried to intimidate the students with corporate jargon.
But these students were not fooled!