STOP ALLOWING THESE WALL STREET NEO-LIBERALS AND NEO-CONS TIE OUR LOCAL AND STATE ECONOMIES AND ESPECIALLY OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO WALL STREET DEBT WITH THE GOAL OF HANDING THEM TO INVESTMENT FIRMS ATTACHED TO THESE DEALS.
The City of Baltimore has over two decades closed more public schools than any other city its size and this new school building plan which is part of the Baltimore Development Master Plan development strategy to move the working class and poor out of the city closes even more public schools. The promises of rehab and reopening is often met with a school reopening as a charter school. The goal of this project called 21st century schools is simply to gentrify communities and centralize education funding to corporate and private non-profits like churches and eliminate all public funding paths forcing these public schools into private investment firm hands. The end result-------national charter chains will come in and take over these schools and they will be attached to a corporation for vocational K-career college education.
THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED THE MICHELLE RHEE EDUCATION PRIVATIZATION POLICY THAT COMES FROM REPUBLICAN THINK TANKS SEEKING TO END PUBLIC EDUCATION.
So, what is a Republican policy bent on privatization of our public schools doing in a 'Democratic' state? Well, Maryland is a Clinton Wall STreet global corporate neo-liberal and Bush Wall Street global corporate neo-con state. In other words-----it surely isn't Democratic. O'Malley works for Wall Street first as a neo-con in Baltimore under Johns Hopkins University which controls the city and then as a Clinton Wall Street neo-liberal so O'Malley has been in the business of allowing schools to crumble and closing public schools for decades. When you allow systemic corporate fraud and government corruption and hand all kinds of subsidy to corporations at the expense of funding schools-----you get what we have in Baltimore today. It is deliberate public policy that took Baltimore public schools to crumbling and the inability to provide quality education.
Each time a public school closes families leave because they need to be near schools for their children.....that is what this school closing schedule is about. The new schools being built or rehabbed are not built anticipation more students-----so this population becomes displaced. Indeed, the city funded college school businesses that work on time while they sent young children to navigate a maze of city bus routes at a time when neo-liberals and neo-cons are defunding public transportation----meaning our public buses are a mess. This is with what these children from communities with school closures must deal. Remember, the problem in Baltimore with school funding is that public policy gives the rich and corporations almost complete protection from paying taxes especially the property taxes that are needed in funding public education and Baltimore is ground zero for allowing corporations to categorize themselves as non-profits paying no taxes. Add to that systemic corporate fraud and government corruption and VOILA-----NO FUNDS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM FOR LACK OF FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Everyone knows this is the problem and not one of the supposed education organization advocate groups mention these problems. They simply go with the Baltimore Development plan and close schools and use Wall Street financial instruments to leverage this building strategy. Keep in mind that Baltimore was ground zero for the worst of Wall Street fraud at the collapse in 2008 and these supposed education organizations go right back to Wall Street for these deals without mentioning massive corporate giveaways.
NOT TO MENTION FOR YET ANOTHER TIME THESE BOND DEALS WITH DEFAULT WITH THE COLLAPSING BOND MARKET HANDING ALL OF THESE NEWLY RENOVATED SCHOOLS TO THE PRIVATE INVESTORS CONNECTED TO THESE BOND SCHEMES. THEY WILL THEN MAKE THEM PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOLS PROBABLY CONNECTED TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF NATIONAL CHARTER CHAINS.
Keep in mind that it is our Maryland ACLU, justice organizations, and church groups pushing this and THEY KNOW how this will end.
We understand that not all community schools can be saved----there are communities with falling populations. Many of these school closures are in communities that can sustain their population. So, the only question is----
DO WE KEEP ALLOWING CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION TO TAKE ALL THE CITY'S REVENUE OR DO WE STOP THESE ACTIVITIES AND SEND THE MONEY TO SCHOOLS?
City schools unveil 10-year renovation plan
Twenty-six buildings to close; more than 100 to be rehabbed
Baltimore's Northwestern High School is one of 26 school…
(Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina…)November 27, 2012
|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun
In the next 10 years, Baltimore's school system will have a leaner, modernized look under a proposed $2.4 billion facilities plan that calls for closing 26 school buildings and upgrading 136 others in a large-scale face-lift of Maryland's oldest school infrastructure.
The plan, announced by CEO Andrés Alonso on Tuesday, would orchestrate the relocation of some schools to different buildings; others would cease to exist.
The first schools affected are four recommended to close at the end of the current school year: Baltimore Rising Star Academy, Garrison Middle, Patapsco Elementary/Middle, and William C. March Middle.
"There will be many difficult decisions, but all will place students in better buildings than they are in today," Alonso said in a news conference attended by the mayor and other political leaders. "Big picture: The plan is right for kids and necessary to take their progress to the next level."
The revamped system will allow for a more efficient use of space, Alonso said, adding that "every single one of those buildings will be equal to the need of our students."
But as news spread across the city, parents and educators in schools that could face closures grappled with the uncertainty of their students' futures.
"I'm totally shocked," said Dana Jones-Hines, who has a junior and a freshman at Northwestern High School, which is recommended for closing in 2015-2016. "I had anticipated my kids graduating from here. I am just mind-boggled right now."
The school board is expected to vote on the 10-year plan in January, and will also have to approve any school closures slated in a given year.
School board members who attended the news conference held at Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School -- a school at 119 percent of its rated capacity and slated for a renovation -- supported the plan.
Board President Neil Duke said that the plan's announcement wasn't the time to "take a victory lap."
"A decade is too long," Duke said. "We have to hustle, folks."
"This is a day of reckoning," echoed School Board Commissioner Bob Heck. "This is our shot. There's no question about that."
The four schools recommended for 2012-2013 closures had building utilization rates between 20 percent and 50 percent, and have also struggled academically, school officials said. Fewer than 1,000 students will be affected by this year's proposed closures, officials said, and teachers will be shifted around to accommodate students who disperse to different schools next year.
The view from Garrison
As students and staffers at Garrison Middle School poured out of the building into a chilly afternoon after the final bell at 4:05, the community was just starting to digest the news.
Debra Powell, a special education paraprofessional, said the news shocked and unnerved her a bit -- she's two years from retirement and expected to finish her career at Garrison. Still, it wasn't a complete surprise.
Since joining the staff a year and a half ago, she'd heard rumors this might be coming.
"I guess I just didn't believe it would ever really happen," she said.
Powell was guardedly positive about the choice of Garrison. Although she said it is much safer than in the 1980s, when her nephews attended it, she also said it lacks the variety of after-school programs that students deserve.
"If [the closing] ends up giving them more opportunities, we have to accept it and move on," said Powell, who expects to be assigned to another school next year. "We have to be sure that their education continues so they can reach the goals they have."
Officials and advocates said the sacrifices that school communities face will mean facilities better suited to serve students in the 21st century -- from basics such as drinking water and temperature control to state-of-the-art amenities like technology hubs and culinary kitchens.
"There are not many moments in your life when you realize you are standing on the edge of something great," said Sherelle Savage, a parent advocate with the Baltimore Education Coalition, who spoke through tears at the news conference.
She said her "budding artist" and her "chef in the making" lack the facilities to hone their skills in their schools. Her youngest son, she said, is among the lucky students in his school because his classroom's windows open.
"Our buildings are in crisis," Savage said.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lauded the plan as a "tremendous day for our schools," saying it built upon the legacy of her late father, a former state delegate and dogged champion for education.
"The decisions that have to be made to close some schools are going to be rough all around," Rawlings-Blake said. "Everyone has an emotional attachment, a historic attachment, but we have to have a stronger attachment to these [students]."
I attended a public meeting of our elected officials on education in Baltimore this weekend and shared what Chicago communities are doing to fund their school building and classroom funding-----they organized teachers, parents, churches, and justice organizations together and developed a model to bring back all that corporate tax break, corporate subsidy, corporate fraud, and Enterprise Zone corruption and collected hundreds of millions of dollars and are building schools and funding classrooms with it.
IMAGINE THAT------COMMUNITY MEMBERS PASSIONATE ABOUT QUALITY EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND COMMUNITIES ACTUALLY WORKING TO STOP THE FRAUD, CORRUPTION, AND PUBLIC MALFEASANCE WITH THESE BALTIMORE CITY CONTRACT DEALS!!!!! IMAGINE THAT!!!!!
'In case you don't know or don't remember, TIF districts are areas designated by the administration, with the consent of the City Council, where property tax revenue available to the schools, parks, and other taxing bodies is frozen for 23 or 24 years. As property values go up and new properties are built, any new tax revenue—the increment—in these districts is funneled into special accounts ultimately controlled by the mayor. Over the last several years the city's 160 or so TIF districts have collected a total of about $500 million annually'.
You'll see some familiar names in this article all working against funding public schools and wanting to privatize them-----Baltimore City Hall loves these people----Emanuel is simply a Wall Street investment banker while Rawlings-Blake simply is a puppet for Johns Hopkins all having the same goals with education. We have a corporate school board as Emanuel did to Chicago and an Exelon that contributes nothing now to our tax base and forced what is racketeering by City Hall a $100 million dollar tax break for no reason at all. You see this is how they work in Chicago as well. Then, there is Hyatt queen and global corporate profiteer Pritzker who works in Baltimore with subsidies for Hyatt and impoverishing labor. THIS IS A VERY UGLY GROUP WITH WHICH TO HANG. You can see how these same players are on team Hopkins in privatization and corporate profiteering and have a stronger structure in a Mayor having all the power and a Baltimore Development to hide all public policy discussions and details. Exelon is an Obama donor and it was given BGE and tax deals as an O'Malley pay to play for running for higher office.
Rahm Emanuel, TIFs, Exelon, CPS and greed…it’s kids and community that suffers
September 11, 2012 / Badger Democracy
The Chicago Teacher’s Union strike is in its second full day, and there is little sign the two sides are any closer to an agreement. Rahm Emanuel made more public appearances in the last 48 hours than he has in his entire first year in office. Emanuel was always seen with children the past two days, talking about how CPS and his office just wants “what is best” for the children.
Both sides claim they want what’s best for the kids. Emanuel elevated the rhetoric by calling the strike a “choice” of the union, saying it is unnecessary. What is going unreported by Chicago media is that the mayor is correct – this is a strike of choice. The choice, however, was not one made by CTU, teachers, or parents. It was made at the highest levels of corporate power that now dominate the city of Chicago. Teachers, students, taxpayers, and parents are just pawns.
The CPS School Board is appointed by the mayor, not elected by taxpayers and parents. In 2011, newly elected mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed seven people – only one with a public education background (Dr. Mahalia Hines). The board President (David Vitale) is in high finance, former President of the Chicago Board of Trade. The Vice President (Jesse Ruiz) is a corporate attorney who is an Exelon Board Member (this is important). There is another corporate attorney (Andrea Zopp), also an Exelon Board Member (again, important). The balance of the board is an economist/political scientist (Henry Bienen), real estate developer/multi-millionaire Penny Pritzker, and journalist/communications consultant Rodrigo Sierra.
The corporate dominant politics of Chicago have made it TIF (Tax Increment Financing project) central. Under Illinois state law, TIFs may only be used to prevent or remediate urban blight; or foster industrial development. In Chicago, TIFs have become an addiction for developers and politicians looking to line their pocketbooks and garner influence. In the past decade, TIF districts have nearly doubled, from 87 in 2000 to 162 in 2010.
In Illinois, a TIF district is authorized for a period of up to twenty‐three years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional twelve. At the time of designation of a TIF district, the current Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of all property is measured by the Cook County Assessor’s Office and
established as a baseline, which is often referred to as the “frozen” EAV.
During a TIF district’s duration, no tax revenue created from increases in property values are allocated to overlapping taxing bodies such as Cook County, Chicago Public Schools, or the Chicago Park District. These jurisdictions are able to continue to collect taxes on the base level of EAV within TIF districts during its 23‐ year lifespan. Briefly stated – TIFs take money out of the CPS revenue stream; including loss of inflationary property value.
An academic study presented by Dr. Bruno Quesada, University of Illinois, in December 2011 quantified the CPS revenue applied to TIF districts from 1995-2010. The fifteen year total reported in the study was over $2.2 Billion. The 2010 figure topped $260 Million. Huge numbers in a revenue challenged economy and district – CPS is facing a $700 Million+ deficit in the current budget. The study concludes that the TIF allocation presents a tremendous burden; allocated in a non-transparent process, on CPS. The study has been completely ignored by CPS and the mayor’s office.
A recent report from the Cook County Treasurer in August 2012 disclosed that $867 Million in TIF funds remained available, but unallocated for the current year. A public schools advocacy group petitioned Emanuel to use these funds to help plug the budget hole. Emanuel refused – at the same time he was pushing for a 90 minute longer school day without compensation to teachers under contract.
CPS Board Member Penny Pritzker (also a Hyatt Hotels Board member) has drawn fire for a $5.2 Million TIF project to build a Hyatt Hotel in Hyde Park. The same area of the city was subjected to $3.3 million in school budget cuts, and 27 full-time positions cut.While the project development company received the TIF money, Hyatt will profit from franchise fees and profit share in the new hotel development.
The corporate influence on CPS is direct, and is placing private charter school development over real public school reform and improvement. To succeed, they must break the union. Leading the charge behind Emanuel are privatizing charter advocates on the CPS Board.
In the year 2000, Rahm Emanuel was an investment banker who played a key role in the formation of Exelon, along with David Axelrod. Recall, from above, that two current CPS Board Members have direct ties to Exelon as corporate attorneys and board members – Jesse Ruiz and Andrea Zopp.
The newly retired Chairman and CEO of Exelon is John Rowe. Rowe was a chief founder of the Renaissance Schools Fund (RSF) for the establishment of private charter schools in Chicago, along with Arne Duncan and Richard M. Daley. The top donors to the fund are privatization champions, and have direct connections with current CPS School Board Members:
Exelon Corporation and Exelon Foundation , Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rowe Family Charitable Trust, The Searle Funds, The Chicago Community Trust, The Walton Family Foundation, Inc., Pritzker Foundation, Bain & Company (yes, that Bain).
Now, we all know the Baltimore City policies of school closures, school choice, and funding deals all involve violations of the US Constitution Equal Protection clause of equal opportunity and access education. That is why having the Maryland ACLU leading this policy is a slap on the face to civil rights and liberties. It's like they are saying-----YOUR ONLY LEGAL RESOURCE AGAINST THESE POLICIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO YOU!
That is indeed what the Maryland ACLU is saying. As we see below someone should be taking these policies to court to stop them as the article below states and yet----not a peep from any lawyer-----not the Baltimore NAACP-----to fight the dismantling of equal protection education in BAltimore.
Baltimore Maryland has had more school closings than Chicago relative to population and there is silence. We have a completely captured social and political system that Third Way is trying to replicate in all major cities.....
Chicago lawyers agree – opposing schools closings a matter of conscience
M E D I A R E L E A S E
More than 125 Chicago-area Attorneys Sign “Letter of Conscience” Against Massive Chicago Public School Closings
Public interest law community expresses outrage, urges more equitable, inclusive and strategic approach
For More Information:
Patricia Nix-Hodes (708) 218-2320; Amy Smolensky, (312) 485-0053; Jill Wohl, (773) 562-0159
May 17, 2013, Chicago – 128 Chicago-area lawyers with an estimated combined 2000 years of distinguished experience and leadership working towards justice and equity in education, health, housing, employment, economic security, safety, discrimination, citizenship, juvenile justice, and civil rights signed their names to a letter urging a halt to the Chicago Public School’s proposed closings and consolidations of 54 schools – the largest school action of its kind in the nation – in less than one year.
Titled “An Open Letter Seeking Justice in the School Closing Crisis,” the letter will be delivered to Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Board of Education Chair David Vitale on Monday, May 20, 2013, and requests a response to be directed to Paul Strauss, who offered to sign the letter on the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law letterhead without hesitation.
“The attorneys signing this letter cannot, in good conscience, stand by and remain silent as the Board of Education moves to vote on this potentially disastrous course,” says Strauss, “Closing this many schools in such a poorly-planned and uninclusive manner marks a dangerous precedent. It sets the civil rights in education movement back decades.”
Child advocate Stacey Platt (773-732-2554), one of the attorneys who joined the Open Letter comments “It is a sad injustice for the children and families of the City of Chicago that neighborhood schools –which parents value and children need most of all–are neglected and closed and parent voices ignored.”
The letter cites the Illinois School Code and research criticizing the outsized move to “right size” the District, specifically, that the law of the land squarely asserts that “the primary responsibility for school governance and improvement is in the hands of parents, teachers and community residents at each school.” [5/34-18.43(a)(6)] The letter also highlights the racial and economic distribution, number of homeless students, and students receiving special education services who will be adversely affected by the proposed school actions, which will be voted on by the Board of Education on May 22, 2013.
Highlights of the Open Letter:
“[If carried out, these actions] will dramatically alter the school environment for vulnerable elementary students. More than 47,500 elementary students will be affected including more than 3,906 students experiencing homelessness and 2400 students requiring special education services. No such massive school closure has been attempted in the history of our City or our nation. This alone must give all reasonable people pause.
[T]his massive undertaking is being executed in advance of the delivery of a 10 year school facilities master plan, as required by Illinois law… As the saying goes, measure twice, cut once. Closing schools before sharing a clear, well-thought out plan for the City’s educational and economic future signals a perilous lack of accountability from our public administrators.
Overwhelmingly and almost exclusively, the communities of Chicago targeted for massive school closures are those on the City’s South and West Side: communities that are dramatically impoverished and predominantly comprised of African Americans. Such disparity is at best unsettling and is, indeed, provoking racial and economic divisiveness. Tensions run high before the actual closures have even been approved.
The proposed removal of so many schools from impoverished communities of color has been read as an ominous statement on the prospects of those living there. It only adds to the distress and despair, creating a feeling that the City is disinvesting where economic growth and stability is so important –and that we are a City divided.”
The letter coincides with a three-day citywide march protesting the closings, and comes at the same time that numerous community groups, media outlets, local aldermen, state and county legislators and even CPS’ designated hearing officers are expressing opposition and grave disappointment in the lack of strategy, meaningful inclusion, consistency, equity and adherence to requirements throughout the planning and public vetting process conducted by CPS.
Johns Hopkins has an autocratic grip on Baltimore so there is literally fear on the part of students and parents to fight-----school closings and school choice deliberately place parents and students in fear of being denied access. Teachers and unions are being held hostage to union rights and pension funds by neo-liberals and neo-cons in the Maryland Assembly and Baltimore City Hall so they acquiesce. We need a coalition of parents, students, justice organizations, and churches coming out to fight for our city teachers and schools. Rather, we hear the Michelle Rhee rhetoric that it is the teacher's fault and holding teachers accountable even as these activists know school budgets have been slashed and teachers are more overwhelmed with behavior and class size.
The idea that city justice leaders would make the issue about our city teacher quality before they are given the resources that allow them to perform is unacceptable and merely acts teamed with Hopkins in wanting testing and evaluation. I have been in these classrooms and seen what teachers are made to do without the tools and help necessary to achieve.
I want to bring out the fact that Chicago developed a model to bring back money lost from the corporate fraud and government corruption ----teachers, parents, students, churches, and justice organizations auditing all city contracts including TIF, and Enterprise Zone deals to bring back what we know would be billions of dollars in Baltimore City.
THE EDUCATION REFORM MODEL IN BALTIMORE CITY DOES NOT REPRESENT PASSION FOR SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN'S EDUCATION----IT REPRESENTS A TOOL TO DISMANTLING PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CREATING WINNERS AND LOSERS ACCORDING TO BEING TEAM PLAYERS.
Chicago teachers: “Assault on public education needs to end here”
by: John Bachtell September 13 2012
CHICAGO - "We didn't start this fight. The assault on public education started here and it needs to end here," declared Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
Lewis was speaking to a solid sea of red-shirted striking educators and their supporters Sept. 11, marking day two of a strike of nearly 30,000 teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors, social workers, aides and paraprofessionals. The teachers were rallying downtown at the Board of Education after picketing 144 facilities that have remained open during the strike.
Picket lines have been visible in every neighborhood of the city and even on highway overpasses. They have received broad public support.
According to late reports, the union and Board of Education appeared to be making progress toward a new contract. The most contentious issues center on teacher evaluations and rehiring laid-off teachers. Behind the disagreements lie vastly different views of public education by the union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration.
The CTU says it is fighting for a collaborative voice in any education reform and seeks quality, fully funded public education, with smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools and a curriculum rich in art, music, physical education and language at every school.
Teachers see their fight as bettering not only their pay and benefits, but more importantly working and learning conditions benefiting the students.
The Emanuel administration is pushing a corporate-driven model of school privatization, which silences the voices of educators and community. It uses student standardized test scores as a significant factor to evaluate teachers.
The result will be to push out older more experienced and higher paid educators and hire young inexperienced educators many of whom will only stay on the job a couple of years. It will constantly churn low-wage workers in and out of the system and prep it for corporate takeover.
"People from the outside have decided they know what's best for our children," said Lewis. "They don't know our children or communities but they read spreadsheets and work in air conditioned buildings. They say our children don't deserve air conditioning, social workers and paraprofessionals."
"We have more in common with our children and parents than we do with these rich people," she said.
Lewis said class size does matter and fundamentally impacts working and learning conditions. The state legislature took away the right of Chicago teachers to negotiate on it.
"When they talk about laying off teachers what they are really saying is they will increase class sizes for our children," she said.
Solidarity for the striking teachers has been pouring in from around the country. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, brought greetings from the 1.5-million-member union, to which the CTU belongs.
"This is a struggle people all across the country are watching including New York City," Weingarten said. "During 9-11 public workers rushed into those burning buildings to rescue people. Every day in Chicago educators are rescuing children and should be treated as heroes."
"Chicago teachers are fighting for what public education should really be. Parents and kids are supporting you all across this country because they know you are supporting them," the AFT leader said.
"This is a fight for all God's children in our public schools to have a decent opportunity to learn," said Weingarten.
After the brief rally, strikers marched on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the largest futures market in the world, to illustrate the vast subsidies being handed to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of education and other public services.
For example, the Mercantile Exchange and Sears received state tax breaks of $371 million after they threatened to leave. In addition over $500 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is being diverted each year from schools and parks to, as one protest banner said, "feed the 1%."
In one of the most outrageous examples, $5.2 million in TIF funds was given to the Hyatt Corporation to build a brand new hotel in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Meanwhile, $3.2 million was cut from the budgets for five schools in the neighborhood and 27 teachers were laid off.
The Pritzker family, one of the richest in the nation, owns Hyatt. Penny Pritzker sits on the Chicago Board of Education.
"We are fighting for better working conditions because better working conditions are better learning conditions," said a teacher. "We are trying to save public education."
One of the members of this education public meeting made a valid point-------come to Annapolis en masse and shout and lobby for these education policy issues. Believe it or not parents have to fight for recess time for their children in Maryland and Baltimore. She was right----yet she doesn't provide the leadership as a public official to do just that. The Baltimore Education Coalition has buses come for people to attend their rallies for their privatization policies.....so where are the buses our politician should find funds for to bring out citizens to support these policy issues? Why is there not a grant to provide political action resources for these citizens paying churches for the use of church buses to go to lobby and be present for policy issue discussions at the Maryland Assembly? I WOULD LIKE TO RIDE THOSE BUSES!
The unions have the funds to pay for these as well but they are too busy being tied to the education privatization group Baltimore Education Coalition.
I sat at this meeting listening to all the same people who have voices on education policy talking until we finally had to demand time for the public who this meeting was supposedly for----Baltimore Education Coalition leader said ------'you can join us---we allow everyone into our group'. Well, first BEC does not allow everyone in their group----I was banned from not only joining but attending meetings because of my anti-charter/Teach for America stance and why would citizens fighting the policies BEC are pushing for Johns Hopkins want to join in that voice. So, Baltimore needs to look to Chicago for inspiration in calling communities and families together in fighting this Wall Street privatization crew in Baltimore.
Corporate education reform is well-financed but justice communities have what is needed to get their citizens and voices to Annapolis as well.
BEC's 3 neo-liberal candidates for governor----Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur didn't make the cut to carry forward the corporate privatization of public education K-12! BEC even broke election laws to host only these education privatizers for a primary election education forum. Lot's of dirty politics in Baltimore surrounding education!
Posted by Sarah Merrill
March 7, 2013
Baltimore Education Coalition rallies on Lawyer’s Mall
by Sarah Merrill, firstname.lastname@example.org Parents, teachers and students of Baltimore area schools rallied on Lawyer’s Mall in front of the Maryland legislative buildings. Their goal was to receive a block grant to provide funding that would fix the schools’ crumbling infrastructures.
The crowd grew to almost 3,000 people, most of them arriving on buses from Baltimore. The buses and the rally were organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition.
Maryland’s Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a speaker at the rally, said, “I believe that Maryland’s future is intertwined with the success of Baltimore city. Like every city and every county across America, great schools are a hallmark of success.”