Education For Sale!

23 Mar

Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice.  The discovery of a  list, the existence of which had been long denied by the city, and its composition of mainly high-powered political figures calls into question the appeals system used to reconsider applications that had been denied by the top Chicago-area schools.”

According to the story, “the list surfaced amid a federal probe and an internal investigation into admissions practices at the city’s top high schools. Until Monday, the district had not revealed it had kept such a list.”

The list was maintained by a top Duncan aide, David Pickens, currently chief of staff to the president of the Chicago Board of Education.

So, here we have the United States Secretary of Education, appointed by Obama, manipulating a system so that the children of powerful political allies get to go to the best schools in the city, while children of the common-folk get to go to lesser schools.

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