In Chicago, charter schools remain untouchable

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

With Chicago's public schools so broke that Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to close 50 of them last year, you'd think the City Council would have more on its agenda than Eliot Ness, a crime fighter during Prohibition in the 1920s and 30s.

But last week the council buried a proposal to hold hearings on the mayor's ambitious plan to expand charter schools, assigning it to the infamous rules committee. That's where the mayor and his allies send proposals to die.

In contrast, a resolution on the all-important issue of naming a federal building in Washington after Ness—well, that became a priority.

Even the Untouchables would have a hard time slowing the mayor's charter push. The Chicago Board of Education is set to approve up to 21 new charter schools this week.

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