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“If charter schools were so good, why didn’t the white folks keep them for themselves?”

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The Chicago Teachers Union, and school employee unions in general, are pulling out all the stops to slow down a school choice and education reform movement that is bowling them over in numerous states and cities.


Bold reform efforts are being pushed by the likes of Republicans like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It’s a bipartisan effort that has Big Labor on its heels.

In Chicago in particular, the teachers union is flailing to stop any meaningful reform it possibly can.  In response to the move for a slightly longer school day, the union has demanded an astonishing 30% raise.  For weeks, union leaders have been beating the war drums for a teachers’ strike, which could cripple the city.

When Juan Williams and I were invited to appear at an Illinois Policy Institute event featuring our film, “A Tale of Two Missions,” the union attempted to enter the room to confront us.  Given that the event was sold out, not to mention the union’s well-documented penchant for grandstanding at school board meetings and with Occupy Chicago, they weren’t let in.

One activist who tried to enter pointed out that the 40-story building where the event took place was owned by “Bain and company.”  You know, that evil Mitt Romney’s company.


She also called Juan Williams “a known Republican.”


But perhaps the most remarkable accusation came when she said, “If charter schools were so good, why didn’t the white folks keep them for themselves?”



  1. cfm990

    April 7th, 2012

    And if public schools are so great.. Why did white folks abandon them?

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    Oops sorry. liberal logic has me banging my head on the keyboard.

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  2. Diann

    April 7th, 2012

    A known Republican?! Good gracious! It’s the new Red Scare! Are you know or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

    How did these glittering jewels of colossal ignorance ever get place in a position where they were to “educate” our children?

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  3. Dr. Tar

    April 7th, 2012

    Imagine if this person was right and “whites folks” really did make all the decisions about who got what kind of education.

    Oh, I forgot that is how Democrats run education when they are in charge – just ask the parents in D.C. how they feel about the Obama adminstration’s treatment of their schools.

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  4. simply enraged

    April 7th, 2012

    To paraphrase Yogi Berra, “If people insist on staying stupid, helpless, worthless and lazy, who’s gonna stop ‘em?”

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  5. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    April 7th, 2012

    Half wits trying to hang on to their union no matter how much they screw themselves over in the process. Amazing.

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  6. listingstarboard

    April 7th, 2012

    If Obamacare is so great why are the very people who voted for it EXEMPT from it?

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  7. TooMuchTime

    April 7th, 2012

    If charter schools are so bad, then why did Obama kill the one in DC that was working well, that the parents supported wholeheartedly, and had a majority of black students?

    And why are libtard union teachers in practically every other state trying to kill charter schools that are working fine?

    They obviously didn’t have a course in logic at the teachers college that this bugwit attended.

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  8. Major Mal function

    April 7th, 2012

    Just think, Sasha and Malia will be going to her school in 10 months. Right? The Obama’s will be enrolling their kids in the awesome Chicago school system constructed by their good friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn?

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  9. Bob M.

    April 7th, 2012

    CLEARLY the thinking of a failed publik skrool ejumakayshun… :oops:

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  10. knowoneuno

    April 7th, 2012

    “black people” are never more exploited than by their own

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  11. Bad Brad

    April 8th, 2012

    Planet of the apes

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