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The Chicago Model of Privatization and Educational Inequity

March 30, 2010

Arne Duncan was nominated to be secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment as secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country.

Democracy Now recently aired a program exposing Duncan’s vision of privatized education that is currently being exported throughout the nation.  One of the primary methods for imposing this vision is the conditions required for states to receive federal education funding under the recent Race to the Top program. Pauline Lipman, professor of education and policy studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, elaborates:

“The federal stimulus money that’s being offered now to the states is being offered on the condition that they raise charter school caps, that they tie teacher evaluations to students’ test scores, that they close what they call failing schools, that they turn them over to private turnaround operators. So we have a neoliberal project nationally, which was tested out in Chicago and then is now being pushed out nationally.”

Watch the complete report at Democracy Now’s website.

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