* Press release…
North Side legislators, educators to Rauner: Come see our neighborhood schools for reality check
Legislators invite Rauner to tour local elementary school, say his “crumbling prisons” comment, anti-Chicago rhetoric lay bare his disconnection from communities
WHO: North Side legislators Rep. Will Guzzardi, Rep. Ann Williams, Rep. Jaime Andrade and Rep. Rob Martwick, Brentano Math and Science Academy Principal Seth Lavin, local parents and community members
WHERE: Brentano Math and Science Academy, 2723 N Fairfield Ave Chicago, IL 60647
WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:30AM
WHAT: North Side legislators, educators and public school parents will hold a press conference on Thursday morning to invite Gov. Bruce Rauner to tour Brentano Math and Science Academy, a highly regarded elementary school in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The group will underscore to the Governor the high quality of Chicago’s neighborhood schools and the detrimental impact of his divisive anti-Chicago rhetoric on the children and families he represents. The invitation comes days after Gov. Rauner made comments comparing Chicago public schools to “crumbling prisons.”
Members of the media will tour the facilities at Brentano, observing high-quality instruction and engaging programming in a school that serves predominantly low-income Latino families. Of note will be the contrast to the Governor’s description of schools that “have metal on the windows” and “police officers and security officers everywhere.”
* From the Illinois Republican Party…
Reality Check: North Side Democrats Fake Concern Over Lack of Education Funding
Choose school tour stunt over making sure our schools actually open on time
“For those that claim to care about giving every child a quality education, it is stunningly hypocritical that Democratic State Reps. Will Guzzardi, Ann Williams, Jaime Andrade and Rob Martwick would spend this morning playing politics, rather than working in Springfield to pass a clean education bill. This is nothing but a political stunt to distract from the fact that House Democrats have failed to even vote on legislation to ensure that schools open on time in the fall. Instead of spending their morning conducting a politicized school tour, these representatives should get down to Springfield immediately and work across the aisle to pass a balanced, paid-for education bill.” – Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe
Last month, Democratic State Reps. Will Guzzardi, Ann Williams, Jaime Andrade and Rob Martwick chose to bury education funding in a budget that was $7 billion out of balance. In doing so, they decided it was okay to hold our children hostage in order to force a massive tax hike on the people of Illinois.
Since, Mike Madigan and the Democrats in Springfield have completely ignored Republican legislation that would ensure that schools open on time in the fall.
This morning, these representatives will send a clear signal that they would rather spend their time engaging in political stunts than doing their jobs.
Yeah, Gov. Rauner always scrupulously avoids political stunts.
* Here’s the issue for me. Yesterday, Gov. Rauner was asked point blank by a reporter to name a single Chicago school to support his assertion that some are “crumbling prisons.” After all, he said he’d been to “dozens” of CPS schools. He even said he cried when he saw those horrid conditions, so they obviously made a lasting impression on him. How about a name?
It was a totally fair question. But Rauner completely dodged it.
So, yeah, that tour today may be a stunt, but if Rauner is going to make claims like that, he needs to name some names so CPS is pressured to fix these problems. Those legislators have a right to do what they’re doing.
*** UPDATE *** Turns out, the water at Brentano Math and Science Academy just tested positive for lead…
Twelve Chicago Public Schools have found elevated levels of lead in their water since testing began district-wide last month — one in every five of schools tested so far.
And test results haven’t come back yet for hundreds more schools. […]
The remaining 11 schools include: Beidler Elementary; Brentano Math and Science Academy; Budlong Elementary; Harvard Elementary; Esmond Elementary; Fernwood Elementary; Lasalle II Language Academy; Josephine Locke Elementary; Peirce School Of International Studies; Perez Elementary and Tanner Elementary.
So far, 58 schools have received results of the lead testing, which has included 15,853 samples of water sources as of June 7. Of the 3,044 samples with results so far, 70 have shown actionable levels of lead, roughly 2 percent.