Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

First, I would like to thank all of those who read my post two weeks ago. If I had $20 million in my budget for schools, I can assure you, I would not be spending it on condoms, like CPS is doing. They close 50 schools to save money for this? We are truly in distress (hence the mayday words) in this country when faculty and staff can be discarded like yesterday’s trash. Here are some issues the media is likely to gloss over in favor of more sensationalist bylines.

  • School closings, charter schools, turnaround schools
  • Fired school staff
  • Misappropriated funds
  • Blind leaders

When the third largest school district in the country decimates people’s livelihood, sense of calm and instructional decisions for mostly children of color, it reveals the board members’ true mission. I liken the recent poor decision making to Sweeney Todd. Look it up; the plight of our children is as equally gruesome.

Firing everyone in a school for the purposes of “turning it around” is idiocy at its best. Do you know what happens when you put clean clothes on a dirty person? The new clothes soon begin to smell, and it isn’t long before the clothes look run of the mill. Until the city of Chicago, its leaders, clergy and everyone who is experiencing severe discomfort economically, physically and emotionally can address the problems at the root, we are merely changing dance partners. The problem is, the same song is playing.

I have a hard time believing this tale of woe regarding shrinking budgets. If the state is offering to put up $100 million for a presidential library, there is money somewhere. Chicago makes a nice sum of money when movies and television shows film here. What we have is a misappropriation of funds. Finding them to finance worthy projects is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Our leaders have led thousands of us in a ditch (Which isn’t hard to do with with these incessant potholes!), due to having a cloudy lens to view from. Anytime decisions that affect massive amounts of people do more harm than good, I have a newsflash. The problem hasn’t been solved! As the late Will Rogers said, “If stupidity got us into this mess, why can’t it get us out?”

As always, your comments are welcome.

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