Jun 5, 2017
Chicago Public Schools has sung its sad song over and over about how it’s broke. Too broke to have librarians, too broke to pay for buses for sports – they even lied and said they were too broke to finish the school year.
But they aren’t too broke to build a brand new elementary school in the rapidly growing, well-off South Loop neighborhood. The school board proposes to spend 62 million dollars out of the TIF funds to do it. Those TIF funds were diverted from the other schools. Meanwhile, less than half a mile south, National Teachers Academy has space for several hundred students. But that school serves working class, largely black students. The Board figures that rich South Loop parents would prefer to get “their own” school!
There are several working class schools on the far Northwest and far Southwest sides that have become more and more overcrowded for ten years running, but those schools have received NO money for expansion. Again, “broke” is always relative in this city.