The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Mayor to Close 100 Chicago Schools

Jan 21, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, backed by his newly appointed schools CEO and his handpicked school board, plans to close more than 100 schools in Chicago. They say there are too many “underutilized” schools in the district, and that they need to save money.

These are lies: to them, underutilized means less than 30 students in a classroom – but 30 is way too high. Students need smaller class sizes, not bigger. And even closing 100 schools will only save 40 million dollars, by their own estimation, a drop in the bucket next to the supposed one billion deficit next year.

It’s just an excuse to clear even more buildings for charter schools.