Just in the last few days the Chicago Sun-Times is finally exploring some issues pertaining to UNO charter schools. Finally. Not that much of this information hasn’t been available before. It’s just that only those willing to dig for it have been able to find it. Meanwhile, UNO has developed an empire of 13 charter schools while scooping nearly 100 million dollars from public coffers to build those same schools. Their political connections to the Democratic Party machine flowered under the Daley administration and came to fruition when Juan Rangel, UNO CEO, was a campaign manager for Rahm Emanuel in his successful bid to become Chicago’s Mayor.
This teach in, the second in the “Who Is Stealing Our Education” series presented by Occupy Rogers Park, couldn’t come at a more significant moment, as school closings butt up against a plethora of charter openings; as public money is used to deplete the neighborhood schools of needed resources.