Senator Iris Martinez. No deal on a school closing timeline. « Fred Klonsky

27 Nov

Iris Martinez is the State Senator from my district.

I was pleased when she along with State Representative Cynthia Soto passed a bill creating a state legislative task force to study school closings in 2010.

The law had several components besides the task force. One was to to have the CPS make public a list of proposed closings by December 1st in order to provide public input.

Martinez now sits on a school-closings commission appointed by Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Rahm’s newly appointed CPS CEO.

More background and a CTU action alert on this is available here.

Byrd-Bennett is attempting a devious plan that would trade a delay in producing a school closing list in exchange for a five year moratorium of school closings.

Why devious?

Because delay accomplishes two things that Byrd-Bennett and the Mayor want:

  • Time to identify and close as many as 200 schools, replaced by charters.
  • An school closing list that would be released in the summer when it would be more difficult to develop community opposition.
  • More…

via Senator Iris Martinez. No deal on a school closing timeline. « Fred Klonsky.

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