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April 25, 2014 - 9:39 am

Le’t work through a few things. Shortly after he became president, Barack Obama killed Washington, DC’s school voucher program. His own Department of Education had concluded that students who received the vouchers benefited from it and improved, but that did not matter a bit. He callously turned a deaf ear to pleas from parents and students who found the vouchers to be an escape from the city’s terrible schools. He sided with the teachers’ unions against those families and their children, even while claiming to be a champion of the oppressed and under-represented. Obama also sided with the unions on charter schools, another escape path for children from terrible public schools in Washington. He only relented under massive pressure three years later, in an election year.

So, Barack Obama’s record on education opened to scenes of him siding with the powerful teachers’ unions against the powerless children our public schools are supposed to exist to educate. Barack Obama stood in the doorways of private schoolhouses, keeping poor children out.

His former chief of staff from those days is now Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. Emanuel’s ear is made of even thicker tin than Obama’s. Emanuel announced Thursday that he intends to build a selective-enrollment elite public school in one of Chicago’s upscale neighborhoods, and he is naming it after one Barack H. Obama.

Many of Emanuel’s constituents are not amused, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell.

Concerned African-American families on the South and West sides are still so outraged over the mayor’s decision to shutter 50 public schools last year, that “Anybody but Rahm” political campaign has formed to challenge Emanuel’s re-election bid.

And despite emotional pleas from community stakeholders outside of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, the mayor’s handpicked school board moved forward with plans on Wednesday to turn three more public schools over to a private contractor.

Now, Emanuel’s decision to open a selective-enrollment school named for President Barack Obama in an upscale community where roughly 70 percent of the seats will be filled through an admissions process adds insult to injury.

The poor and under-served lose again, just as they lost in Washington when Obama became president. Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?

To borrow from Emanuel’s language when he attacked Chick-fil-A, is favoring the rich over the poor and slapping the president’s name on a school that offends the latter “Chicago values”?

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Successful candidates for enrollment at the Barack Obama Elite High School will be able to name all 57 states and state capitals, speak and understand simple sentences in Austrian, and correctly use the word 'choom' in a sentence.
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A correction: Chicago has no 'values.'
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If you are closing schools, why do you need to build a new one?
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I am a bit lost here. Isn't "turning schools over to private contractors" similar to having a charter school? And what's wrong with a school you need a test to get into? I recall the idea has worked well in NYC for decades - Bronx Science for example.

Why are these bad ideas?
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A LAWYER IS THE MOST LYING, CROOKED PERSON IN BUSINESS...

THEN WHY DO WE KEEP SENDING THEM TO MAKE OUR LAWS?

WAKE UP! AMERICA...DO YOU WANT TO BE SCREWED ALL THE REST OF OUR LIVES?...
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Successful candidates for enrollment at the Barack Obama Elite High School will be able to name all 57 states and state capitals, speak and understand simple sentences in Austrian, and correctly use the word 'choom' in a sentence.
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Great idea. Run with it. Place the school in South Chicago or similar predominately black area not in a well to do mostly white area. Create a new school with state of the art facilities, computers, premier curriculum, first class in every respect. Man it with all black staff and faculty and pay a 25% premium to attract the best black qualified faculty. All black faculty and staff and an all black student body - no non-blacks. Make it a model for how to lift black youth out of ignorance and poverty. Set the example for the rest of the nation.
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Isn't that discrimination?
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Won't make any difference. If it's predominately black it will be a complete failure: kids will fail to learn, violence will be endemic, standards won't exist and anything they learn will be politically correct and thus useless in the real world. A fitting tribute to our first affirmative action president. In ten years it will look like Detroit.
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Seems appropriate that the school named after obama would be elitist; Obama himself went to only the most exclusive schools, and is an elitist himself.
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The step by step guide to why this makes sense to Rahm.

The Democrat party platform is about "helping" poor people. This is how they get their votes. So, in order to keep winning, the Democrats need more poor people. A good education can help lead people out of poverty. Therefore, if you limit access to good schools you help grow your party!
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sad, might have been nice to go to Wrigley, but why contribute to this sink hole, and how does one plan a vacation to an area that is crime infested, high cost and espouses values that are abhorent to me.
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When will his likeness be added to Mt. Rushmore?
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It's already there. Obama's image is the pile of trash at the bottom.
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There are no "up-scale Chicago neighborhoods" left; I'm from Chicago, and the entire city, with the exception of the downtown lakefront, is a mess.

This entire story is high irony! Thanks for posting it.
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Hey! Don't forget your wonderful Center for Islamic Studies! And the steam baths where the man made his first steps on local politics.
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Who can ruin your kids for life with a gleeful smile on his dopey face?

Mmm-mmm-mmm! Barack Hussein Obama!
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