Mayor Emanuel is more focused on criticizing Mitt Romney than focusing on his constituents and two major issues impacting our city.
After the end of a violent and deadly two weeks in Chicago, during which more than 100 people were shot, the Mayor still managed to find the time to make an appearance on 'Meet the Press,' telling NBC's David Gregory that the outbreak of violence is "contained" and not a crisis.
Further, Chicago Public School teachers are preparing to strike next Monday, depriving city children of classroom learning time and potentially exacerbating this public safety crisis.
While violence rages in the streets of several Chicago neighborhoods and teachers threaten a walkout, our Mayor is paying attention to the wrong things. His actions tell all Chicagoans that he is simply too busy preparing for a speech in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention and helping President Obama get re-elected to be bothered with the job he was elected to do.
"The Chicago Republican Party calls upon Mayor Emanuel to cancel his DNC speech and provide immediate, visible and specific leadership to address the twin crises facing our city," said Adam Robinson, Chairman of the Chicago GOP. "Given the immediacy of these issues, the mayor's focus on self-promotion and partisan grandstanding is totally unacceptable."
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Were Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard so naive that they actually thought that Chicago Teachers (or anyone else, for that matter) would be happy to work for more hours at the same pay? Or did they think that the CPS teachers would, like many others in Chicago, be simply too afraid to fight City Haul?
The teachers want more money (and who doesn’t?), and the source of that money would be, as usual, property owners. Teachers, after all, can go on strike, but property owners can’t. You either pay your property taxes or lose your house/business.
The Mayor realizes that the City is, essentially, broke, but when he wants something (like his infrastructure deal) just like a magician, he can pull money out of a hat, with the applauding audience members wondering a moment later what happened to their wallets.
There are, however, some alternatives that have not been explored.
Many of the students in our public schools are illegal aliens, and a free education is one of the motivators attracting illegal aliens. Our current laws require that we taxpayers finance a free education for them, so let’s change the law and expel them. The reduction in the number of CPS students would immediately decrease the money needed by the Board of Education. In the alternative, if we must educate them, then require that they pay tuition.
If they don’t have the money for tuition, then they can ask the government whose citizenship they hold to pay it. After all, it costs money to educate a student so if a student is not attending classes in his own country, then that country is saving money that we, in turn, are spending, and it’s a safe bet that we are spending a lot more per student than that student’s country would be spending.
Until such time as our government addresses the question of educating children who are here illegally, there is no point in even considering the matter of “anchor children” (children whose parents came to the U. S. illegally so that the babies would be born on U. S. soil, and, therefore, would automatically become American citizens).
Another possibility might be to require that families of CPS students pay at least some tuition, especially for those with students at selective enrollment schools. In this way, more parents would take an interest in their children’s education, because they would want to insure that their money was being carefully and diligently spent. Currently, when parents complain about their children’s education, it’s simply a matter of “…you get what you pay for.” Perhaps, if they had some “skin in the game,” they would take a greater interest in education.
For many years parents have been sending their children to private or parochial schools, where they must pay a hefty tuition. In addition, they must still pay taxes to provide a free education to public school students. There appears to be little interest, on the part of politicians, to adopt a voucher system, whereby parents could get vouchers to pay for a private education. Since the private schools are not threatening to close their doors, thereby creating a huge influx of students into the public schools, there is no need for politicians to be concerned about them.
If the parents of private school children can pay a large amount of money for tuition, then it isn’t asking too much for parents of public school children to pay at least some small amount of money. Those unable to pay would be granted tuition waivers, since there are already many social programs in place for those of meager means.
Our students’ education should not be held hostage by the teachers, but neither should property owners.